TR2020-110

Understanding Multi-Modal Perception Using Behavioral Cloning for Peg-In-a-Hole Insertion Tasks


    •  Romeres, D., Liu, Y., Jha, D., Nikovski, D.N., "Understanding Multi-Modal Perception Using Behavioral Cloning for Peg-In-a-Hole Insertion Tasks", Robotics: Science and Systems, July 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-110 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Romeres2020jul,
      • author = {Romeres, Diego and Liu, Yifang and Jha, Devesh and Nikovski, Daniel N.},
      • title = {Understanding Multi-Modal Perception Using Behavioral Cloning for Peg-In-a-Hole Insertion Tasks},
      • booktitle = {Robotics: Science and Systems},
      • year = 2020,
      • month = jul,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-110}
      • }
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    Machine Learning, Robotics

One of the main challenges in peg-in-a-hole (PiH)insertion tasks is in handling the uncertainty in the location of the target hole. In order to address it, high-dimensional sensor inputs from sensor modalities such as vision, force/torque sensing, and proprioception can be combined to learn control policies that are robust to this uncertainty in the target pose. Whereas deep learning has shown success in recognizing objects and making decisions with high-dimensional inputs, the learning procedure might damage the robot when applying directly trialand-error algorithms on the real system. At the same time, learning from Demonstration (LfD) methods have been shown to achieve compelling performance in real robotic systems by leveraging demonstration data provided by experts. In this paper, we investigate the merits of multiple sensor modalities such as vision, force/torque sensors, and proprioception when combined to learn a controller for real world assembly operation tasks using LfD techniques. The study is limited to PiH insertions; we plan to extend the study to more experiments in the future. Additionally, we propose a multi-step-ahead loss function to improve the performance of the behavioral cloning method. Experimental results on a real manipulator support our findings, and show the effectiveness of the proposed loss function.

 

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  •  Romeres, D., Liu, Y., Jha, D., Nikovski, D.N., "Understanding Multi-Modal Perception Using Behavioral Cloning for Peg-In-a-Hole Insertion Tasks", arXiv, July 2020.
    BibTeX
    • @article{Romeres2020jul2,
    • author = {Romeres, Diego and Liu, Yifang and Jha, Devesh and Nikovski, Daniel N.},
    • title = {Understanding Multi-Modal Perception Using Behavioral Cloning for Peg-In-a-Hole Insertion Tasks},
    • journal = {arXiv},
    • year = 2020,
    • month = jul
    • }