OffWorld Gym: open-access physical robotics environment for real-world reinforcement learning benchmark and research

18 Oct 2019  ·  Ashish Kumar, Toby Buckley, John B. Lanier, Qiaozhi Wang, Alicia Kavelaars, Ilya Kuzovkin ·

Success stories of applied machine learning can be traced back to the datasets and environments that were put forward as challenges for the community. The challenge that the community sets as a benchmark is usually the challenge that the community eventually solves. The ultimate challenge of reinforcement learning research is to train real agents to operate in the real environment, but until now there has not been a common real-world RL benchmark. In this work, we present a prototype real-world environment from OffWorld Gym -- a collection of real-world environments for reinforcement learning in robotics with free public remote access. Close integration into existing ecosystem allows the community to start using OffWorld Gym without any prior experience in robotics and takes away the burden of managing a physical robotics system, abstracting it under a familiar API. We introduce a navigation task, where a robot has to reach a visual beacon on an uneven terrain using only the camera input and provide baseline results in both the real environment and the simulated replica. To start training, visit https://gym.offworld.ai

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