Learning Robust Control Policies for End-to-End Driving in Simulation | RA-L/ICRA 2020

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Learning Robust Control Policies for End-to-End Driving in Simulation | RA-L/ICRA 2020

Sep 18, 2020
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This talk is streamed as part of a presentation for the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) on the paper entitled: Learning Robust Control Policies for End-to-End Autonomous Driving From Data-Driven Simulation. Amini, A., Gilitschenski, I., Phillips, J., Moseyko, J., Banerjee, R., Karaman, S., & Rus, D. (2020). IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 5(2), 1143-1150. To get more details on this work, read the paper, or access the code please visit: http://www.mit.edu/~amini/vista/ Abstract: In this work, we present a data-driven simulation and training engine capable of learning end-to-end autonomous vehicle control policies using only sparse rewards. By leveraging real, human-collected trajectories through an environment, we render novel training data that allows virtual agents to drive along a continuum of new local trajectories consistent with the road appearance and semantics, each with a different view of the scene. We demonstrate the ability of policies learned within our simulator to generalize to and navigate in previously unseen real-world roads, without access to any human control labels during training. Our results validate the learned policy onboard a full-scale autonomous vehicle, including in previously un-encountered scenarios, such as new roads and novel, complex, near-crash situations. Our methods are scalable, leverage reinforcement learning, and apply broadly to situations requiring effective perception and robust operation in the physical world.

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