Christoph Brune

Papers from this author

Low Dimensional State Representation Learning with Reward-Shaped Priors

Nicolò Botteghi, Ruben Obbink, Daan Geijs, Mannes Poel, Beril Sirmacek, Christoph Brune, Abeje Mersha, Stefano Stramigioli

Responsive image

Auto-TLDR; Unsupervised Learning for Unsupervised Reinforcement Learning in Robotics

Poster Similar

Reinforcement Learning has been able to solve many complicated robotics tasks without any need of feature engineering in an end-to-end fashion. However, learning the optimal policy directly from the sensory inputs, i.e the observations, often requires processing and storage of huge amount of data. In the context of robotics, the cost of data from real robotics hardware is usually very high, thus solutions that achieves high sample-efficiency are needed. We propose a method that aims at learning a mapping from the observations into a lower dimensional state space. This mapping is learned with unsupervised learning using loss functions shaped to incorporate prior knowledge of the environment and the task. Using the samples from the state space, the optimal policy is quickly and efficiently learned. We test the method on several mobile robot navigation tasks in simulation environment and also on a real robot.