///Online, Interactive User Guidance for High-dimensional, Constrained Motion Planning
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PhD Speaking Qualifier


Fahad Islam PhD Student Robotics Institute,
Carnegie Mellon University
Monday, October 22
3:00 pm
- 4:00 pm
GHC 8102
Online, Interactive User Guidance for High-dimensional, Constrained Motion Planning

We consider the problem of planning a collision-free path for a high-dimensional robot. Specifically, we suggest a planning framework where a motion-planning algorithm can obtain guidance from a user. In contrast to existing approaches that try to speed up planning by incorporating experiences or demonstrations ahead of planning, we suggest to seek user guidance only when the planner identifies that it ceases to make significant progress towards the goal. Guidance is provided in the form of an intermediate configuration qˆ, which is used to bias the planner to go through qˆ. We demonstrate our approach for the case where the planning algorithm is Multi-Heuristic A* (MHA*) and the robot is a 34-DOF humanoid. We show that our approach allows to compute highly-constrained paths with little domain knowledge. Without our approach, solving such problems requires carefully-crafted domain-dependent heuristics.

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