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Configuration Path Control

Sergey Pankov
International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems, vol. 21, no. 1, pp.306-317, 2023

Abstract : Reinforcement learning methods often produce brittle policies – policies that perform well during training, but generalize poorly beyond their direct training experience, thus becoming unstable under small disturbances. To address this issue, we propose a method for stabilizing a control policy in the space of configuration paths. It is applied post-training and relies purely on the data produced during training, as well as on an instantaneous control-matrix estimation. The approach is evaluated empirically on a planar bipedal walker subjected to a variety of perturbations. The control policies obtained via reinforcement learning are compared against their stabilized counterparts. Across different experiments, we find two- to four-fold increase in stability, when measured in terms of the perturbation amplitudes. We also provide a zero-dynamics interpretation of our approach.

Keyword : Biped, configuration path control, reinforcement learning, stability, virtual constraints, zero dynamics.

 
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