Learning Sequential Acquisition Policies for Robot-Assisted FeedingDownload PDF

Published: 30 Aug 2023, Last Modified: 16 Oct 2023CoRL 2023 PosterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: Deformable Manipulation, Dexterous Manipulation
TL;DR: We present a hierarchical framework for dexterous, long-horizon bite acquisition in robot-assisted feeding.
Abstract: A robot providing mealtime assistance must perform specialized maneuvers with various utensils in order to pick up and feed a range of food items. Beyond these dexterous low-level skills, an assistive robot must also plan these strategies in sequence over a long horizon to clear a plate and complete a meal. Previous methods in robot-assisted feeding introduce highly specialized primitives for food handling without a means to compose them together. Meanwhile, existing approaches to long-horizon manipulation lack the flexibility to embed highly specialized primitives into their frameworks. We propose Visual Action Planning OveR Sequences (VAPORS), a framework for long-horizon food acquisition. VAPORS learns a policy for high-level action selection by leveraging learned latent plate dynamics in simulation. To carry out sequential plans in the real world, VAPORS delegates action execution to visually parameterized primitives. We validate our approach on complex real-world acquisition trials involving noodle acquisition and bimanual scooping of jelly beans. Across 38 plates, VAPORS acquires much more efficiently than baselines, generalizes across realistic plate variations such as toppings and sauces, and qualitatively appeals to user feeding preferences in a survey conducted across 49 individuals. Code, datasets, videos, and supplementary materials can be found on our website: https://sites.google.com/view/vaporsbot.
Student First Author: yes
Supplementary Material: zip
Instructions: I have read the instructions for authors (https://corl2023.org/instructions-for-authors/)
Video: https://sites.google.com/view/vaporsbot
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/vaporsbot
Code: https://sites.google.com/view/vaporsbot
Publication Agreement: pdf
Poster Spotlight Video: mp4
15 Replies