From explanation to synthesis: compositional program induction for learning from demonstration

Michael Burke, Svetlin Valentinov Penkov, Subramanian Ramamoorthy

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Abstract

Abstract—Hybrid systems are a compact and natural mechanism with which to address problems in robotics. This work introduces an approach to learning hybrid systems from demonstrations,
with an emphasis on extracting models that are
explicitly veriable and easily interpreted by robot operators. We fit a sequence of controllers using sequential importance sampling under a generative switching proportional controller task model.
Here, we parameterise controllers using a proportional gain and a visually veriable joint angle goal. Inference under this model is challenging, but we address this by introducing an attribution prior extracted from a neural end-to-end visuomotor control model. Given the sequence of controllers comprising a task, we simplify the trace using grammar parsing strategies, taking advantage of the sequence compositionality, before grounding
the controllers by training perception networks to predict goals given images. Using this approach, we are successfully able to induce a program for a visuomotor reaching task involving loops and conditionals from a single demonstration and a neural end-to-end model. In addition, we are able to discover the program used for a tower building task. We argue that computer programlike control systems are more interpretable than alternative endto-
end learning approaches, and that hybrid systems inherently allow for better generalisation across task congurations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Robotics: Science and Systems 2019
EditorsAntonio Bicchi, Hadas Kress-Gazit , Seth Hutchinson
Place of PublicationFreiburg im Breisgau Germany
PublisherRobotics: Science and Systems Foundation
Number of pages10
VolumeXV
ISBN (Electronic)9780992374754
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventRobotics: Science and Systems 2019 - Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Duration: 22 Jun 201926 Jun 2019
http://rss2019.informatik.uni-freiburg.de (Website)
http://www.roboticsproceedings.org (Proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceRobotics: Science and Systems 2019
CountryGermany
CityFreiburg im Breisgau
Period22/06/1926/06/19
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