Bayesian Gait Optimization for Bipedal Locomotion

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Title: Bayesian Gait Optimization for Bipedal Locomotion
Authors: Calandra, R
Gopalan, N
Seyfarth, A
Peters, J
Deisenroth, MP
Item Type: Chapter
Abstract: One of the key challenges in robotic bipedal locomotion is finding gait parameters that optimize a desired performance criterion, such as speed, robustness or energy efficiency. Typically, gait optimization requires extensive robot experiments and specific expert knowledge. We propose to apply data-driven machine learning to automate and speed up the process of gait optimization. In particular, we use Bayesian optimization to efficiently find gait parameters that optimize the desired performance metric. As a proof of concept we demonstrate that Bayesian optimization is near-optimal in a classical stochastic optimal control framework. Moreover, we validate our approach to Bayesian gait optimization on a low-cost and fragile real bipedal walker and show that good walking gaits can be efficiently found by Bayesian optimization. © 2014 Springer International Publishing.
Issue Date: 16-Feb-2014
ISBN: 978-3-319-09584-4
Publisher: Springer
Start Page: 274
End Page: 290
Journal / Book Title: Learning and Intelligent Optimization
Lecture Note in Computer Science
Format Info.: 8426
Copyright Statement: © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014. The final publication is available at
Publication Status: Published
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