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Tue Dec 14 07:00 AM -- 07:00 PM (PST)
4th Robot Learning Workshop: Self-Supervised and Lifelong Learning
Alex Bewley · Masha Itkina · Hamidreza Kasaei · Jens Kober · Nathan Lambert · Julien PEREZ · Ransalu Senanayake · Vincent Vanhoucke · Markus Wulfmeier · Igor Gilitschenski

Applying machine learning to real-world systems such as robots has been an important part of the NeurIPS community in past years. Progress in machine learning has enabled robots to demonstrate strong performance in helping humans in some household and care-taking tasks, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, and many other unstructured and human-centric environments. While these results are promising, access to high-quality, task-relevant data remains one of the largest bottlenecks for successful deployment of such technologies in the real world.

Methods to generate, re-use, and integrate more sources of valuable data, such as lifelong learning, transfer, and continuous improvement could unlock the next steps of performance. However, accessing these data sources comes with fundamental challenges, which include safety, stability, and the daunting issue of providing supervision for learning while the robot is in operation. Today, unique new opportunities are presenting themselves in this quest for robust, continuous learning: large-scale, self-supervised and multimodal approaches to learning are showing and often exceeding state-of-the-art supervised learning approaches; reinforcement and imitation learning are becoming more stable and data-efficient in real-world settings; new approaches combining strong, principled safety and stability guarantees with the expressive power of machine learning are emerging.

This workshop aims to discuss how these emerging trends in machine learning of self-supervision and lifelong learning can be best utilized in real-world robotic systems. We bring together experts with diverse perspectives on this topic to highlight the ways current successes in the field are changing the conversation around lifelong learning, and how this will affect the future of robotics, machine learning, and our ability to deploy intelligent, self-improving agents to enhance people's lives.

Our speaker talks have been prerecorded and are available on YouTube. The talks will NOT be replayed during the workshop. We encourage all participants to watch them ahead of time to make the panel discussions with the speakers more engaging and insightful.

More information can be found on the website: http://www.robot-learning.ml/2021/.

Opening Remarks (Introduction)
Continual Learning of Semantic Segmentation using Complementary 2D-3D Data Representations (Contributed Talk 1: Best Paper Runner-Up)
Learning from and Interacting with Humans (Q&A 1) (Panel)
Coffee Break (Break)
Poster Session 1 (Poster Session)
Domains and Applications (Q&A 2) (Panel)
Long Break (Break)
End2End or Modular Systems (Q&A 3) (Panel)
Lifelong Robotic Reinforcement Learning by Retaining Experiences (Contributed Talk 2: Best Paper)
Poster Session 2 (Poster Session)
Self- and Unsupervised Learning (Debate) (Panel)
Concluding Remarks (Wrap Up)
Guiding Evolutionary Strategies by Differentiable Robot Simulators (Poster)
Object Representations Guided By Optical Flow (Poster)
IL-flOw: Imitation Learning from Observation using Normalizing Flows (Poster)
Maximum Likelihood Constraint Inference on Continuous State Spaces (Poster)
Task-Independent Causal State Abstraction (Poster)
Variational Inference MPC for Robot Motion with Normalizing Flows (Poster)
Bridge Data: Boosting Generalization of Robotic Skills with Cross-Domain Datasets (Poster)
Hybrid Imitative Planning with Geometric and Predictive Costs in Offroad Environments (Poster)
Demonstration-Guided Q-Learning (Poster)
Simultaneous Human Action and Motion Prediction (Poster)
Lifelong Robotic Reinforcement Learning by Retaining Experiences (Poster)
Continual Learning of Semantic Segmentation using Complementary 2D-3D Data Representations (Poster)
Visual Affordance-guided Policy Optimization (Poster)
Solving Occlusion in Terrain Mapping using Neural Networks (Poster)
Assistive Tele-op: Leveraging Transformers to Collect Robotic Task Demonstrations (Poster)
Sample-Efficient Policy Search with a Trajectory Autoencoder (Poster)
Learning Design and Construction with Varying-Sized Materials via Prioritized Memory Resets (Poster)
panda-gym : Open-source goal-conditioned enviroments for robotic learning (Poster)
Versatile Inverse Reinforcement Learning via Cumulative Rewards (Poster)
Is Curiosity All You Need? On the Utility of Emergent Behaviours from Curious Exploration (Poster)
Using Dense Object Descriptors for Picking Cluttered General Objects with Reinforcement Learning (Poster)
ADHERENT: Learning Human-like Trajectory Generators for Whole-body Control of Humanoid Robots (Poster)
Open-Access Physical Robotics Environment for Real-World Reinforcement Learning Benchmark and Research (Poster)
What Would the Expert do()?: Causal Imitation Learning (Poster)