Behavior Self-Organization Supports Task Inference for Continual Robot Learning

2021 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) doi: 10.1109/IROS51168.2021.9636297 - Oct 2021
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Recent advances in robot learning have enabled robots to become increasingly better at mastering a predefined set of tasks. On the other hand, as humans, we have the ability to learn a growing set of tasks over our lifetime. Continual robot learning is an emerging research direction with the goal of endowing robots with this ability. In order to learn new tasks over time, the robot first needs to infer the task at hand. Task inference, however, has received little attention in the multi-task learning literature. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to continual learning of robotic control tasks. Our approach performs unsupervised learning of behavior embeddings by incrementally self-organizing demonstrated behaviors. Task inference is made by finding the nearest behavior embedding to a demonstrated behavior, which is used together with the environment state as input to a multi-task policy trained with reinforcement learning to optimize performance over tasks. Unlike previous approaches, our approach makes no assumptions about task distribution and requires no task exploration to infer tasks. We evaluate our approach in experiments with concurrently and sequentially presented tasks and show that it outperforms other multi-task learning approaches in terms of generalization performance and convergence speed, particularly in the continual learning setting.

 

@InProceedings{HW21, 
 	 author =  {Hafez, Burhan and Wermter, Stefan},  
 	 title = {Behavior Self-Organization Supports Task Inference for Continual Robot Learning}, 
 	 booktitle = {2021 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)},
 	 number = {},
 	 volume = {},
 	 pages = {},
 	 year = {2021},
 	 month = {Oct},
 	 publisher = {},
 	 doi = {10.1109/IROS51168.2021.9636297}, 
 }