Predictive Visual Models of Physics for Playing Billiards

@inproceedings{Fragkiadaki2015PredictiveVM,
  title={Predictive Visual Models of Physics for Playing Billiards},
  author={Katerina Fragkiadaki and Pulkit Agrawal and Sergey Levine and Jitendra Malik},
  year={2015}
}
Imagine a hypothetical person who has never encountered the game of billiards in their life. When introduced to the game, this person may not be very adept at playing the game, but would be capable of inferring the direction in which the cue ball needs to be hit to displace the target ball to a desired location. How can this person make such an inference without any prior billiards-specific experience? One explanation is that humans are aware of the laws of physics, and a strategy for playing… CONTINUE READING