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Adaptive Prior Selection for Repertoire-based Online Adaptation in Robotics

Rituraj Kaushik 1 Pierre Desreumaux 1 Jean-Baptiste Mouret 1 
1 LARSEN - Lifelong Autonomy and interaction skills for Robots in a Sensing ENvironment
Inria Nancy - Grand Est, LORIA - AIS - Department of Complex Systems, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
Abstract : Repertoire-based learning is a data-efficient adaptation approach based on a two-step process in which (1) a large and diverse set of policies is learned in simulation, and (2) a planning or learning algorithm chooses the most appropriate policies according to the current situation (e.g., a damaged robot, a new object, etc.). In this paper, we relax the assumption of previous works that a single repertoire is enough for adaptation. Instead, we generate repertoires for many different situations (e.g., with a missing leg, on different floors, etc.) and let our algorithm selects the most useful prior. Our main contribution is an algorithm, APROL (Adaptive Prior selection for Repertoire-based Online Learning) to plan the next action by incorporating these priors when the robot has no information about the current situation. We evaluate APROL on two simulated tasks: (1) pushing unknown objects of various shapes and sizes with a robotic arm and (2) a goal reaching task with a damaged hexapod robot. We compare with "Reset-free Trial and Error" (RTE) and various single repertoire-based base-lines. The results show that APROL solves both the tasks in less interaction time than the baselines. Additionally , we demonstrate APROL on a real, damaged hexapod that quickly learns to pick compensatory policies to reach a goal by avoiding obstacles in the path.
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Rituraj Kaushik, Pierre Desreumaux, Jean-Baptiste Mouret. Adaptive Prior Selection for Repertoire-based Online Adaptation in Robotics. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Frontiers Media S.A., 2020, 6, ⟨10.3389/frobt.2019.00151⟩. ⟨hal-02462935v3⟩



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