Learning Robot Motion Control with Demonstration and Advice-Operators

Brenna Argall, Brett Browning, and Manuela Veloso
n Proceedings IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, October, 2008.


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Abstract
As robots become more commonplace within society, the need for tools to enable non-robotics-experts to develop control algorithms, or policies, will increase. Learning from Demonstration (LfD) offers one promising approach, where the robot learns a policy from teacher task executions. Our interests lie with robot motion control policies which map world observations to continuous low-level actions. In this work, we introduce Advice-Operator Policy Improvement (A-OPI) as a novel approach for improving policies within LfD. Two distinguishing characteristics of the A-OPI algorithm are data source and continuous state-action space. Within LfD, more example data can improve a policy. In A-OPI, new data is synthesized from a student execution and teacher advice. By contrast, typical demonstration approaches provide the learner with exclusively teacher executions. A-OPI is effective within continuous state-action spaces because high level human advice is translated into continuous-valued corrections on the student execution. This work presents a first implementation of the A-OPI algorithm, validated on a Segway RMP robot performing a spatial positioning task. A-OPI is found to improve task performance, both in success and accuracy. Furthermore, performance is shown to be similar or superior to the typical exclusively teacher demonstrations approach.

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Text Reference
Brenna Argall, Brett Browning, and Manuela Veloso, "Learning Robot Motion Control with Demonstration and Advice-Operators," n Proceedings IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, October, 2008.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Argall_2008_6231,
   author = "Brenna Argall and Brett Browning and Manuela Veloso",
   title = "Learning Robot Motion Control with Demonstration and Advice-Operators",
   booktitle = "n Proceedings IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems",
   month = "October",
   year = "2008",
}