Adversarial Domain Randomization

3 Dec 2018  ·  Rawal Khirodkar, Kris M. Kitani ·

Domain Randomization (DR) is known to require a significant amount of training data for good performance. We argue that this is due to DR's strategy of random data generation using a uniform distribution over simulation parameters, as a result, DR often generates samples which are uninformative for the learner. In this work, we theoretically analyze DR using ideas from multi-source domain adaptation. Based on our findings, we propose Adversarial Domain Randomization (ADR) as an efficient variant of DR which generates adversarial samples with respect to the learner during training. We implement ADR as a policy whose action space is the quantized simulation parameter space. At each iteration, the policy's action generates labeled data and the reward is set as negative of learner's loss on this data. As a result, we observe ADR frequently generates novel samples for the learner like truncated and occluded objects for object detection and confusing classes for image classification. We perform evaluations on datasets like CLEVR, Syn2Real, and VIRAT for various tasks where we demonstrate that ADR outperforms DR by generating fewer data samples.

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