PhD Thesis Proposal - Gautam Salhotra
Thu, Mar 23, 2023 @ 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science
Title: Accelerating Robot Reinforcement Learning Using Demonstrations
Committee: Gaurav Sukhatme (Chair), SK Gupta, Laurent Itti, Stefanos Nikolaidis, Somil Bansal
Date: Thursday March 23, 9am PST
Reinforcement learning is a promising and, recently, popular tool to solve robotic tasks such as object manipulation and locomotion. However, it is also well known for being a very hard problem setting to explore in. In contrast, Learning from demonstrations (LfD) methods train agents to the desired solution using demonstrations from a teacher.
I will explore the role of LfD methods to guide the exploration of RL methods, with the aim of applying it to regular object manipulation tasks. I will talk about work that uses planners and trajectory optimizers to guide RL, and then discuss the role human experts can play in LfD for RL. Finally, I will talk about proposed projects that can extend the current work to get the benefits of demonstrations while avoiding the downsides of obtaining them.
Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 406
Audiences: Everyone Is Invited
Contact: Melissa Ochoa