Interactive Tuning of Robot Parameter Programs via Expected Divergence Maximization.

Speaker: Mattia Racca

Robotics Seminar Series. Third Session, Talk 113th March 2020, 15:00-16:00, room 2103, TUAS Building, Aalto University.


Enabling diverse users to program robots for different applications is critical for robots to be widely adopted.
Most of the new collaborative robot manipulators come with intuitive programming interfaces that allow novice users to compose robot programs and tune their parameters. However, parameters like motion speeds or exerted forces cannot be easily demonstrated and often require manual tuning, resulting in a tedious trial-and-error process. To address this problem, we formulate tuning of one-dimensional parameters as an Active Learning problem where the learner iteratively refines its estimate of the feasible range of parameter values, by selecting informative queries. By executing the parametrized actions, the learner gathers the user’s feedback, in the form of directional answers (“higher,” “lower,” or “fine”), and integrates it in the estimate. We propose an Active Learning approach based on Expected Divergence Maximization for this setting and compare it against two baselines with synthetic data. We further compare the approaches on a real-robot dataset obtained from programs written with a simple Domain-Specific Language for a robot arm and manually tuned by expert users (N=8) to perform four manipulation tasks. We evaluate the effectiveness and usability of our interactive tuning approach against manual tuning with a user study where novice users (N=8) tuned parameters of a human-robot hand-over program.

  • M. Racca, V. Kyrki and M. Cakmak, “Interactive Tuning of Robot Parameter Programs via Expected Divergence Maximization”
    Accepted to the 15th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2020. (HRI’20)