Oral
Switching Linear Dynamics for Variational Bayes Filtering
Philip Becker-Ehmck · Jan Peters · Patrick van der Smagt

Tue Jun 11th 03:00 -- 03:05 PM @ Room 201

System identification of complex and nonlinear systems is a central problem for model predictive control and model-based reinforcement learning. Despite their complexity, such systems can often be approximated well by a set of linear dynamical systems if broken into appropriate subsequences. This mechanism not only helps us find good approximations of dynamics, but also gives us deeper insight into the underlying system. Leveraging Bayesian inference and Variational Autoencoders, we show how to learn a richer and more meaningful state space, e.g. encoding joint constraints and collisions with walls in a maze, from partial and high-dimensional observations. This representation translates into a gain of accuracy of the learned dynamics which we showcase on various simulated tasks.

Author Information

Philip Becker-Ehmck (Volkswagen Group)
Jan Peters (TU Darmstadt)
Patrick van der Smagt (Volkswagen Group)

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