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Policy Learning for Motor Skills


Conference Paper



Policy learning which allows autonomous robots to adapt to novel situations has been a long standing vision of robotics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive sciences. However, to date, learning techniques have yet to fulfill this promise as only few methods manage to scale into the high-dimensional domains of manipulator robotics, or even the new upcoming trend of humanoid robotics, and usually scaling was only achieved in precisely pre-structured domains. In this paper, we investigate the ingredients for a general approach policy learning with the goal of an application to motor skill refinement in order to get one step closer towards human-like performance. For doing so, we study two major components for such an approach, i.e., firstly, we study policy learning algorithms which can be applied in the general setting of motor skill learning, and, secondly, we study a theoretically well-founded general approach to representing the required control structures for task representation and execution.

Author(s): Peters, J. and Schaal, S.
Book Title: Proceedings of 14th International Conference on Neural Information Processing (ICONIP)
Pages: 233-242
Year: 2007
Editors: Ishikawa, M. , K. Doya, H. Miyamoto, T. Yamakawa

Department(s): Autonomous Motion, Empirical Inference
Bibtex Type: Conference Paper (inproceedings)

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-69162-4_25

Cross Ref: p10136
Note: clmc

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  title = {Policy Learning for Motor Skills},
  author = {Peters, J. and Schaal, S.},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of 14th International Conference on Neural Information Processing (ICONIP)},
  pages = {233-242},
  editors = {Ishikawa, M. , K. Doya, H. Miyamoto, T. Yamakawa},
  year = {2007},
  note = {clmc},
  crossref = {p10136}