Abstract: When learning policies for robotic systems from data, safety is a major concern, as violation of safety constraints may cause hardware damage. SafeOpt is an efficient Bayesian optimization (BO) algorithm that can learn policies while guaranteeing safety with high probability. However, its search space is limited to an initially given safe region. We extend this method by exploring outside the initial safe area while still guaranteeing safety with high probability. This is achieved by learning a set of initial conditions from which we can recover safely using a learned backup controller in case of a potential failure. We derive conditions for guaranteed convergence to the global optimum and validate GoSafe in hardware experiments.
Authors: Dominik Baumann, Alonso Marco, Matteo Turchetta, Sebastian Trimpe (RWTH Aachen University)