CS 591: Intelligent Assistive Robotics
Spring 2018 | Fridays | 10:45am - 1:15pm | BYAC 260
Instructor Siddharth Srivastava
Office hours Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2-3pm, BYENG 592
Contact details BYENG 592 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 480-727-7451 (email is strongly preferred)
The focus of this course is on techniques for making robots
intelligent enough to be able to assist humans. This topic
constitutes a very active area of research in academia as well as
industry, with multiple academic and commercial organizations
jumping in to explore and develop the potential of robots that help
humans. We will learn advanced tools for robotics that empower autonomous systems such as self-driving cars and study how they can be extended to enable versatile assitive robots.
This course covers some of the recent advances in
intelligent robotics, particularly focusing on aspects relating to the
theory and practice of getting robots to reason about and accomplish
assistive tasks in indoor environments. Students will have the
opportunity to learn how to use robotics simulators, and to gain an
understanding of this active research area including topics from
motion planning, perception, learning and reasoning under uncertainty
with a special reference to mobile manipulation. Final projects will
be used to apply the learned knowledge and test new ideas in
simulation or on a physical robot.
The course is designed as a seminar class
that will start with a brief recap of the fundamentals and move on to
discussion and evaluation of prominent research papers. Students will
play a key role in the selection of papers in the later half of the
course. Weekly meetings will be organized as instructor and student
led discussions of the selected papers. A detailed schedule of
presentations will be developed with the students at the beginning
of the semester.
Students will propose and implement final projects. Given the
challenging nature of the topic, students will have flexibility in the
design and nature of projects, going from novel algorithmic solutions
for subproblems to implementations of existing techniques on an
application designed by the team.
Project development will be an essential component and students
will be guided from early stages of their projects. Project proposals
will be due 6 weeks from the start of the course. Most projects are
expected to be demonstrated using robotics simulators; exceptionally
performing teams will get the opportunity to demonstrate their work on
a physical robot towards the end of the semester.
Grading and expectations
There will be no midterm or final
exams. Each team will be expected to produce a final report with clear
indications of each team member’s role in the project. Each student
will submit critiques for a subset (to be determined) of the selected
research papers and lead the discussion of at least one of the
selected papers. Grades will be assigned based on students' critiques
and discussion-leads (30%), innovation in the final project’s design
and implementation (35%) and final report (35%).
471 or 571 or Instructor’s Approval
To be refined during the first few classes.
||Introduction, recap of task planning and motion planning
|| Motion planning and Robot simulators
||Going beyond motion planners
Gravot, Fabien, et al. "aSyMov: a planner that deals with intricate symbolic and geometric problems." ISRR 2005.
Plaku, Erion, et al. "Sampling-based motion and symbolic action planning with geometric and differential constraints." ICRA 2010
||Constraint based TMP solvers
Garrett, Caelan, et al. "Sample-based methods for factored task and motion planning." RSS 2017
Dantam, Neil T., et al. "Incremental task and motion planning: a constraint-based approach." RSS 2016.
Marthi, Bhaskara, et al. "Angelic semantics for high-level actions." 2007.
Srivastava, Siddharth, et al. "Metaphysics of planning domain descriptions." AAAI 2016.
Project proposals due
Srivastava, Siddharth, et al. "Combined task and motion planning through an extensible planner-independent interface layer." ICRA 2014.
Konidaris, George, et al. "Constructing symbolic representations for high-level planning." AAAI. 2014.
||Learning and using hierarchies for SDM
Hofmann, Till, et al. "Initial results on generating macro actions from a plan database for planning on autonomous mobile robots" ICAPS 2017.
Nan, Rong, et al. "MDPs with unawareness in robotics." UAI 2016.
||Perception for navigation
Durrant-Whyte, Hugh, et al. "Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM): Part I." IEEE RAS magazine,13(2), 99-110.
Bailey, Tim, et al. "Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM): Part II." IEEE RAS Magazine, 13(3), 108-117.
||Perception for manipulation
Xiang, Yu, et al. "Objectnet3d: A large scale database for 3d object recognition." ECCV 2016.
Mahler, Jeffrey, "Dex-net 1.0: A cloud-based network of 3d objects for robust grasp planning using a multi-armed bandit model with correlated rewards." ICRA 2016
||Learning for manipulation
Vicente, Pedro, et al. "Towards markerless visual servoing of grasping tasks for humanoid robots." ICRA 2017
Devin, Coline, et al. "Learning modular neural network policies for multi-task and multi-robot transfer." ICRA 2017
Javdani, Shervin, et al. "Shared autonomy via hindsight optimization". RSS 2015.
Milliken, Lauren, et al. "Modeling user expertise for choosing levels of shared autonomy." ICRA 2017.
Ribeiro, Marco Tulio, et al. "Why should I trust you?: Explaining the predictions of any classifier". KDD 2016.
Hayes, Bradely, et al. "Improving robot controller transparency through autonomous policy explanation." HRI 2017.
||User-friendly robot control
Coronado, Enrique, et al. "Gesture-based robot control: Design challenges and evaluation with humans." ICRA 2017.
Huang, Justin, et al. "Code3: A system for end-to-end programming of mobile manipulator robots for novices and experts." ICRA 2017.
||Communication and assistive robotics
Huang, Sandy, et al. "Enabling robots to communicate their objectives." RSS 2017.
Broad, Alexander, et al. "Path planning under interface-based constraints for assistive robotics." ICAPS 2016.
||Project reports due
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