A Novel Method for Learning Policies from Constrained Motion
Matthew Howard, Stefan Klanke, Michael Gienger, Christian Görick and Sethu Vijayakumar
In: ICRA 2009, Kobe, Japan(2009).
Many everyday human skills can be framed in terms of performing some task subject to constraints imposed by the environment. Constraints are usually unobservable and frequently change between contexts. In this paper, we present a novel approach for learning (unconstrained) control
policies from movement data, where observations come from movements under different constraints. As a key ingredient, we introduce a small but highly effective modification to the standard risk functional, allowing us to make a meaningful comparison between the estimated policy and constrained observations. We demonstrate our approach on systems of
varying complexity, including kinematic data from the ASIMO humanoid robot with 27 degrees of freedom.