Safe Robot Learning in Assistive Devices through Neural Network RepairDownload PDF

Published: 10 Sept 2022, Last Modified: 12 Mar 2024CoRL 2022 PosterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: Imitation Learning, Assistive Robotics, Safety, Prosthesis
TL;DR: In this paper, we derive an algorithm for training neural networks controllers to satisfy given safety specifications, in addition to fitting the given training/test data.
Abstract: Assistive robotic devices are a particularly promising field of application for neural networks (NN) due to the need for personalization and hard-to-model human-machine interaction dynamics. However, NN based estimators and controllers may produce potentially unsafe outputs over previously unseen data points. In this paper, we introduce an algorithm for updating NN control policies to satisfy a given set of formal safety constraints, while also optimizing the original loss function. Given a set of mixed-integer linear constraints, we define the NN repair problem as a Mixed Integer Quadratic Program (MIQP). In extensive experiments, we demonstrate the efficacy of our repair method in generating safe policies for a lower-leg prosthesis.
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