Improved Learning of Robot Manipulation Tasks Via Tactile Intrinsic Motivation
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In this letter we address the challenge of exploration in deep reinforcement learning for robotic manipulation tasks. In sparse goal settings, an agent does not receive any positive feedback until randomly achieving the goal, which becomes infeasible for longer control sequences. Inspired by touch-based exploration observed in children, we formulate an intrinsic reward based on the sum of forces between a robot's force sensors and manipulation objects that encourages physical interaction. Furthermore, we introduce contact-prioritized experience replay, a sampling scheme that prioritizes contact rich episodes and transitions. We show that our solution accelerates the exploration and outperforms state-of-the-art methods on three fundamental robot manipulation benchmarks. Show more
Journal / seriesIEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
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SubjectDeep learning in grasping and manipulation; intrinsic motivation; reinforcement learning; tactile feedback
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