Talk invitation: "Inductive Biases for Robot Reinforcement Learning" by Prof. Jan Peters

On Wednesday, July 5th, we will welcome Prof. Jan Peters for his talk “Inductive Biases for Robot Reinforcement Learning” at our institute.

Jan Peters is the head of the Systems AI for Robot Learning (SAIROL) research group at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) as well as a founding member of the Hessian Center for Artificial Intelligence.

Talk abstract

Autonomous robots that can assist humans in situations of daily life have been a long standing vision of robotics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive sciences. A first step towards this goal is to create robots that can learn tasks triggered by environmental context or higher level instruction.
However, learning techniques have yet to live up to this promise as only few methods manage to scale to high-dimensional manipulator or humanoid robots. In this talk, we investigate a general framework suitable for learning motor skills in robotics which is based on the principles behind many analytical robotics approaches.
To accomplish robot reinforcement learning from just few trials, the learning system can no longer explore all learn-able solutions but has to prioritize one solution over others – independent of the observed data. Such prioritization requires explicit or implicit assumptions, often called ‘induction biases’ in machine learning.
Extrapolation to new robot learning tasks requires induction biases deeply rooted in general principles and domain knowledge from robotics, physics and control. Empirical evaluations on a several robot systems illustrate the effectiveness and applicability to learning control on an anthropomorphic robot arm. These robot motor skills range from toy examples (e.g., paddling a ball, ball-in-a-cup) to playing robot table tennis, juggling and manipulation of various objects.

The talk is open to the interested public. It will take place on Wednesday, July 5 at 11:00 a.m. in room 0.30 on the ground floor of the TAB building, Am Fallturm 1, entrance E.

Prof. Dr. hc. Michael Beetz PhD
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