Kulak, T., Girgin, H., Odobez, J.-M. and Calinon, S. (2021)
Active Learning of Bayesian Probabilistic Movement Primitives
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).

Abstract

Learning from Demonstration permits non-expert users to easily and intuitively reprogram robots. Among approaches embracing this paradigm, probabilistic movement primitives (ProMPs) are a well-established and widely used method to learn trajectory distributions. However, providing or requesting useful demonstrations is not easy, as quantifying what constitutes a good demonstration in terms of generalization capabilities is not trivial. In this paper, we propose an active learning method for contextual ProMPs for addressing this problem. More specifically, we learn the trajectory distributions using a Bayesian Gaussian mixture model (BGMM) and then leverage the notion of epistemic uncertainties to iteratively choose new context query points for demonstrations. We show that this approach reduces the required number of human demonstrations. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach on a pouring task, both in simulation and on a real 7-DoF Franka Emika robot.

Bibtex reference

@article{Kulak21RAL,
	author="Kulak, T. and Girgin, H. and Odobez, J.-M. and Calinon, S.",
	title="Active Learning of {B}ayesian Probabilistic Movement Primitives",
	year="2021",
	journal="{IEEE} Robotics and Automation Letters ({RA-L})",
	pages="",
	doi="10.1109/LRA.2021.3060414"
}

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Related publication: Kulak, T., Girgin, H., Odobez, J.-M. and Calinon, S. (2021). Active Learning of Bayesian Probabilistic Movement Primitives. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).

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