Trajectory Optimization for Robust Humanoid Locomotion with Sample-Efficient Learning

Majid Khadiv, Mohammad Hasan Yeganegi, S. Ali A. Moosavian, Jia-Jie Zhu, Ludovic Righetti

Trajectory optimization (TO) is one of the most powerful tools for generating feasible motions for humanoid robots. However, including uncertainties and stochasticity in the TO problem to generate robust motions can easily lead to an interactable problem. Furthermore, since the models used in the TO have always some level of abstraction, it is hard to find a realistic set of uncertainty in the space of abstract model. In this paper we aim at leveraging a sample-efficient learning technique (Bayesian optimization) to robustify trajectory optimization for humanoid locomotion. The main idea is to use Bayesian optimization to find the optimal set of cost weights which compromises performance with respect to robustness with a few realistic simulation/experiment. The results show that the proposed approach is able to generate robust motions for different set of disturbances and uncertainties.

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