Sim-Real Joint Reinforcement Transfer for 3D Indoor Navigation

Fengda Zhu, Linchao Zhu, Yi Yang; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2019, pp. 11388-11397


There has been an increasing interest in 3D indoor navigation, where a robot in an environment moves to a target according to an instruction. To deploy a robot for navigation in the physical world, lots of training data is required to learn an effective policy. It is quite labour intensive to obtain sufficient real environment data for training robots while synthetic data is much easier to construct by render-ing. Though it is promising to utilize the synthetic environments to facilitate navigation training in the real world, real environment are heterogeneous from synthetic environment in two aspects. First, the visual representation of the two environments have significant variances. Second, the houseplans of these two environments are quite different. There-fore two types of information,i.e. visual representation and policy behavior, need to be adapted in the reinforce mentmodel. The learning procedure of visual representation and that of policy behavior are presumably reciprocal. We pro-pose to jointly adapt visual representation and policy behavior to leverage the mutual impacts of environment and policy. Specifically, our method employs an adversarial feature adaptation model for visual representation transfer anda policy mimic strategy for policy behavior imitation. Experiment shows that our method outperforms the baseline by 19.47% without any additional human annotations.

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author = {Zhu, Fengda and Zhu, Linchao and Yang, Yi},
title = {Sim-Real Joint Reinforcement Transfer for 3D Indoor Navigation},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2019}