Martin Pecka

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We overview different approaches to safety in (semi)autonomous robotics. Particularly, we focus on how to achieve safe behavior of a robot if it is requested to perform exploration of unknown states. Presented methods are studied from the viewpoint of reinforcement learning, a partially-supervised machine learning method. To collect training data for this(More)
Policy Gradient methods require many real-world trials. Some of the trials may endanger the robot system and cause its rapid wear. Therefore, a safe or at least gentle-to-wear exploration is a desired property. We incorporate bounds on the probability of unwanted trials into the recent Contextual Relative Entropy Policy Search method. The proposed algorithm(More)
Mobile robots with complex morphology are essential for traversing rough terrains in Urban Search & Rescue missions. Since teleoperation of the complex morphology causes high cognitive load of the operator, the morphology is controlled autonomously. The autonomous control measures the robot state and surrounding terrain which is usually only partially(More)
In the thesis we propose, we focus on equipping existing Reinforcement Learning algorithms with different kinds of safety constraints imposed on the exploration scheme. Common Reinforcement Learning algorithms are (sometimes implicitly) assumed to work in an ergodic1, or even “restartable” environment. However, these conditions are not achievable in field(More)
This paper presents a novel technique that allows for both computationally fast and sufficiently plausible simulation of vehicles with non-deformable tracks. The method is based on an effect we have called Contact Surface Motion. A comparison with several other methods for simulation of tracked vehicle dynamics is presented with the aim to evaluate methods(More)
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