Data-efficient Domain Randomization with Bayesian Optimization

5 Mar 2020  ·  Fabio Muratore, Christian Eilers, Michael Gienger, Jan Peters ·

When learning policies for robot control, the required real-world data is typically prohibitively expensive to acquire, so learning in simulation is a popular strategy. Unfortunately, such polices are often not transferable to the real world due to a mismatch between the simulation and reality, called 'reality gap'. Domain randomization methods tackle this problem by randomizing the physics simulator (source domain) during training according to a distribution over domain parameters in order to obtain more robust policies that are able to overcome the reality gap. Most domain randomization approaches sample the domain parameters from a fixed distribution. This solution is suboptimal in the context of sim-to-real transferability, since it yields policies that have been trained without explicitly optimizing for the reward on the real system (target domain). Additionally, a fixed distribution assumes there is prior knowledge about the uncertainty over the domain parameters. In this paper, we propose Bayesian Domain Randomization (BayRn), a black-box sim-to-real algorithm that solves tasks efficiently by adapting the domain parameter distribution during learning given sparse data from the real-world target domain. BayRn uses Bayesian optimization to search the space of source domain distribution parameters such that this leads to a policy which maximizes the real-word objective, allowing for adaptive distributions during policy optimization. We experimentally validate the proposed approach in sim-to-sim as well as in sim-to-real experiments, comparing against three baseline methods on two robotic tasks. Our results show that BayRn is able to perform sim-to-real transfer, while significantly reducing the required prior knowledge.

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