Carnegie Mellon University
Applying Advanced Learning Algorithms to ALVINN

Parag Batavia, Dean Pomerleau , and Chuck Thorpe
tech. report CMU-RI-TR-96-31, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, October, 1996

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ALVINN (Autonomous Land Vehicle in a Neural Net) is a Backpropogation trained neural network which is capable of autonomously steering a vehicle in road and highway environments. Although ALVINN is fairly robust, one of the problems with it has been the time it takes to train. As the vehicle is capable of on-line learning, the driver has to drive the car for about two minutes before the network is capable of autonomous operation. One reason for this is the use of Backprop. In this report, we describe the original ALVILL system, and then look at three alternative training methods - Quickprop, Cascade Correlation, and Cascade 2. We then run a series of trials using Quickprop, Cascade Correlation and Cascade 2, and compare them to a BackProp baseline. Finally, a hidden unit analysis is performed to determine what the network is learning.

Sponsor: NSF Graduate Fellowship, NHTSA, USDOT
Grant ID: DTNH22-93-C-07023, DTFH61-94-X-00001
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): NavLab
Associated Project(s): Autonomous Land Vehicle In a Neural Network
Number of pages: 23

Text Reference
Parag Batavia, Dean Pomerleau , and Chuck Thorpe, "Applying Advanced Learning Algorithms to ALVINN," tech. report CMU-RI-TR-96-31, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, October, 1996

BibTeX Reference
   author = "Parag Batavia and Dean {Pomerleau } and Chuck Thorpe",
   title = "Applying Advanced Learning Algorithms to ALVINN",
   booktitle = "",
   institution = "Robotics Institute",
   month = "October",
   year = "1996",
   number= "CMU-RI-TR-96-31",
   address= "Pittsburgh, PA",