Environment Predictive Coding for Embodied Agents

Santhosh K. Ramakrishnan, Tushar Nagarajan, Ziad Al-Halah, Kristen Grauman

We introduce environment predictive coding, a self-supervised approach to learn environment-level representations for embodied agents. In contrast to prior work on self-supervised learning for images, we aim to jointly encode a series of images gathered by an agent as it moves about in 3D environments. We learn these representations via a zone prediction task, where we intelligently mask out portions of an agent's trajectory and predict them from the unmasked portions, conditioned on the agent's camera poses. By learning such representations on a collection of videos, we demonstrate successful transfer to multiple downstream navigation-oriented tasks. Our experiments on the photorealistic 3D environments of Gibson and Matterport3D show that our method outperforms the state-of-the-art on challenging tasks with only a limited budget of experience.

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