A Data-efficient Neural ODE Framework for Optimal Control of Soft ManipulatorsDownload PDF

Published: 30 Aug 2023, Last Modified: 24 Oct 2023CoRL 2023 PosterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: Soft robots, Non-parametric modelling, Optimal control
Abstract: This paper introduces a novel approach for modeling continuous forward kinematic models of soft continuum robots by employing Augmented Neural ODE (ANODE), a cutting-edge family of deep neural network models. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first application of ANODE in modeling soft continuum robots. This formulation introduces auxiliary dimensions, allowing the system's states to evolve in the augmented space which provides a richer set of dynamics that the model can learn, increasing the flexibility and accuracy of the model. Our methodology achieves exceptional sample efficiency, training the continuous forward kinematic model using only 25 scattered data points. Additionally, we design and implement a fully parallel Model Predictive Path Integral (MPPI)-based controller running on a GPU, which efficiently manages a non-convex objective function. Through a set of experiments, we showed that the proposed framework (ANODE+MPPI) significantly outperforms state-of-the-art learning-based methods such as FNN and RNN in unseen-before scenarios and marginally outperforms them in seen-before scenarios.
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