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Inverse optimal control for deterministic continuous-time nonlinear systems
by Johnson, Miles J., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013, 147; 3632073
Abstract (Summary)

Inverse optimal control is the problem of computing a cost function with respect to which observed state input trajectories are optimal. We present a new method of inverse optimal control based on minimizing the extent to which observed trajectories violate first-order necessary conditions for optimality. We consider continuous-time deterministic optimal control systems with a cost function that is a linear combination of known basis functions. We compare our approach with three prior methods of inverse optimal control. We demonstrate the performance of these methods by performing simulation experiments using a collection of nominal system models. We compare the robustness of these methods by analyzing how they perform under perturbations to the system. We consider two scenarios: one in which we exactly know the set of basis functions in the cost function, and another in which the true cost function contains an unknown perturbation. Results from simulation experiments show that our new method is computationally efficient relative to prior methods, performs similarly to prior approaches under large perturbations to the system, and better learns the true cost function under small perturbations. We then apply our method to three problems of interest in robotics. First, we apply inverse optimal control to learn the physical properties of an elastic rod. Second, we apply inverse optimal control to learn models of human walking paths. These models of human locomotion enable automation of mobile robots moving in a shared space with humans, and enable motion prediction of walking humans given partial trajectory observations. Finally, we apply inverse optimal control to develop a new method of learning from demonstration for quadrotor dynamic maneuvering. We compare and contrast our method with an existing state-of-the-art solution based on minimum-time optimal control, and show that our method can generalize to novel tasks and reject environmental disturbances.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bretl, Timothy
Commitee: Conway, Bruce, Hutchinson, Seth, Langbort, Cedric
School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department: Aerospace Engineering
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Aerospace engineering, Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering
Keywords: Apprenticeship learning, Inverse optimal control, Inverse reinforcement learning, Iterative learning control, Learning from demonstration, Motion planning, Optimal control
Publication Number: 3632073
ISBN: 978-1-321-11325-9
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