Machine learning for robots to think fast

Aude Billard

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**Resume: **

**1.-** Aude Billard is a robotics and machine learning professor at EPFL who has made significant contributions in robot control and learning.

**2.-** Controlling robots to catch fast-moving objects is challenging due to uncertainty in the object's motion and limited time for computation.

**3.-** Machine learning can help model uncertainty and enable fast computation of control paths compared to pure control theory approaches.

**4.-** Dynamical systems can be learned from demonstration to generate stable, closed-form control policies that enable real-time tracking of moving targets.

**5.-** Multi-attractor dynamical systems allow the robot to adapt its grasp configuration in real-time to catch objects like flying bottles.

**6.-** Support vector machines can be used to learn switching boundaries between different attractor systems for fast runtime decision making.

**7.-** Gaussian mixture models can compactly represent probability distributions over robot configurations for collision-free path planning between multiple collaborating arms.

**8.-** Optimal control can be used to generate training data offline when human demonstrations are unavailable, and reinforcement learning can further optimize policies.

**9.-** Tactile sensing and vision enable a robot to estimate an object's pose and adapt its grasp on the fly.

**10.-** Machine learning is crucial for manipulation of deformable objects like food items, where explicit physical models are very difficult to obtain.

**11.-** The combination of control theory and machine learning is important - control provides feasible solutions and guarantees, while ML efficiently approximates policies.

**12.-** The online dictionary learning for sparse coding paper from 2009 has had significant impact in the past decade.

**13.-** Matrix factorization decomposes a data matrix into a dictionary and sparse code, useful for unsupervised learning and efficient representation.

**14.-** Many variants of matrix factorization exist with different constraints on the factors, yielding techniques like NMF, sparse PCA, structured sparse coding.

**15.-** Sparse coding, introduced in 1996, automatically discovers useful features like Gabor filters from natural image patches via a sparsity prior.

**16.-** The sparsity principle of selecting the simplest explanation for data has a long history, from Rinsch and Jeffries in the 1920s onward.

**17.-** In the 2000s, sparse coding led to state-of-the-art results in image denoising, inpainting, and other restoration tasks.

**18.-** Matrix factorization also found success in computer vision, winning Pascal VOC and ImageNet challenges, as well as collaborative filtering and bioinformatics.

**19.-** Alternating minimization is a standard algorithm for matrix factorization but requires loading all data into memory, not suitable for large datasets.

**20.-** Stochastic gradient descent is more scalable but requires carefully tuning learning rates and can be slow to converge.

**21.-** The authors proposed an online algorithm that is as fast as well-tuned SGD but does not require learning rate tuning.

**22.-** Key ideas are: 1) dictionary update is fast if optimal sparse codes are known, 2) optimal codes can be approximated online.

**23.-** Convergence to stationary points is guaranteed by exploiting problem structure, despite the optimization being non-convex, constrained, and stochastic.

**24.-** The work's impact comes from timeliness (increasing dataset sizes), robust/practical software, and flexibility to adapt to various applications.

**25.-** The SPAMS toolbox implementing the algorithm has found diverse applications, from modeling tree leaves to analyzing spatial gene expression patterns.

**26.-** Dictionary learning has connections to neural networks - sparse coding is related to ReLU activations, and end-to-end learning via backprop is possible.

**27.-** Convolutional and multi-layer sparse coding is possible, related to approaches like the LISTA neural network architecture.

**28.-** The simplicity principle behind sparsity remains relevant today for interpretability and model selection, though perhaps in a different form than the L1 norm.

**29.-** Simplicity alone is likely not enough, and other properties like robustness and stability are also important to consider.

**30.-** Releasing easy-to-use, robust software together with research publications can significantly increase impact, including on fields beyond the original domain.

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