Learning Autonomous Driving Styles and Maneuvers from Expert Demonstration

David Silver, J. Andrew (Drew) Bagnell, and Anthony (Tony) Stentz
International Symposium on Experimental Robotics, July, 2012.


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Abstract
One of the many challenges in building robust and reliable autonomous systems is the large number of parameters and settings such systems often entail. The traditional approach to this task is simply to have system experts hand tune various parameter settings, and then validate them through simulation, offline playback, and field testing. However, this approach is tedious and time consuming for the expert, and typically produces subpar performance that does not generalize. Machine learning offers a solution to this problem in the form of learning from demonstration. Rather than ask an expert to explicitly encode his own preferences, he must simply demonstrate them, allowing the system to autonomously configure itself accordingly. This work extends this approach to the task of learning driving styles and maneuver preferences for an autonomous vehicle. Head to head experiments in simulation and with a live autonomous system demonstrate that this approach produces better autonomous performance, and with less expert interaction, than traditional hand tuning.

Keywords
Field Robotics, Autonomous Navigation, Machine Learning, Learning from Demonstration, Imitation Learning, Inverse Optimal Control

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Field Robotics Center

Text Reference
David Silver, J. Andrew (Drew) Bagnell, and Anthony (Tony) Stentz, "Learning Autonomous Driving Styles and Maneuvers from Expert Demonstration," International Symposium on Experimental Robotics, July, 2012.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Silver_2012_7225,
   author = "David Silver and J. Andrew (Drew) Bagnell and Anthony (Tony) Stentz",
   title = "Learning Autonomous Driving Styles and Maneuvers from Expert Demonstration",
   booktitle = "International Symposium on Experimental Robotics",
   month = "July",
   year = "2012",
}