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Workshop: Intrinsically Motivated Open-ended Learning (IMOL) Workshop

Learning Diverse Skills for Local Navigation under Multi-constraint Optimality

Jin Cheng · Marin Vlastelica Pogančić · Pavel Kolev · Chenhao Li · Georg Martius

Keywords: [ Goal-conditioned local navigation and locomotion ] [ Unsupervised Skill Discovery ] [ Legged Robots ]


Despite many successful applications of data-driven control in robotics, extracting meaningful diverse behaviors remains a challenge. Typically, task performance needs to be compromised in order to achieve diversity. In many scenarios, task requirements are specified as a multitude of reward terms, each requiring a different trade-off. In this work, we take a constrained optimization viewpoint on the quality-diversity trade-off and show that we can obtain diverse policies while imposing constraints on their value functions which are defined through distinct rewards. In line with previous work, further control of the diversity level can be achieved through an attract-repel reward term motivated by the Van der Waals force. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our method on a local navigation task where a quadruped robot needs to reach the target within a finite horizon. Finally, our trained policies transfer well to the real 12-DoF quadruped robot, Solo12, and exhibit diverse agile behaviors with successful obstacle traversal.

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