Large Scale Deformable Object-Robot Interaction Simulation for Machine Learning in Robotics
Title: Large Scale Deformable Object-Robot Interaction Simulation for Machine Learning in Robotics
SNIC Project: SNIC 2020/5-625
Project Type: SNIC Medium Compute
Principal Investigator: Florian Pokorny <fpokorny@kth.se>
Affiliation: Kungliga Tekniska högskolan
Duration: 2021-02-01 – 2022-02-01
Classification: 10207 10201 10299
Homepage: http://www.csc.kth.se/~fpokorny/darma
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Abstract

Deformable object manipulation is one of the key research frontiers in robotic manipulation research, with deformable objects ranging from rubber parts, ropes, cables, engine belts to every-day household items being currently beyond the ability of robots to interact with reliably. In order to develop and test reliable machine learning methods to enable a robotic system to interact with such deformable materials, large training datasets are a key hurdle to advancements in this area. This compute resource application intends to utilize high-fidelity physics simulation to generate millions of simulations of deformable object - robot interaction sequences that will provide a first research dataset at this scale for the training of machine learning prediction models for deformable object manipulation. This research will be conducted as part of a collaborative project between Chalmers University and KTH called DARMA: DAta-driven foundations for Robust deformable object MAnipulation with co-PIs Yiannis Karagiannidis (Chalmers) and Florian Pokorny (KTH) which also supports the PhD students that are listed as co-PIs for this compute resource application. DARMA is funded by the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software program: wasp-sweden.org