paper supplements & projects

This page contains some supplementary material to papers or general projects. Some of these might be quite old. Please, refer to the papers for more details. (Use the full screen mode (lower right button) for better video quality.)
ICRA 2009 submission
Marc Toussaint, Nils Plath, Tobias Lang, Nikolay Jetchev: Integrated motor control, planning, grasping and high-level reasoning in a blocks world using probabilistic inference (submitted to ICRA 2010). Here is the attached movie:
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HUMANOIDS (2008) paper
Michael Gienger, Marc Toussaint, Nikolay Jetchev, Achim Bendig, Christian Goerick: Optimization of fluent approach and grasp motions. 8th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids 2008) Here is the attached movie:
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HUMANOIDS (2007) paper
M Toussaint, M Gienger, Ch Goerick (2007): Optimization of sequential attractor-based movement for compact. (preprint) Humanoids 2007.

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Visual flow estimation & segmentation using belief propagation
M Toussaint, V Willert, J Eggert, E Körner (2007): Motion Segmentation Using Inference in Dynamic Bayesian Networks. British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC 2007).

best paper award: V Willert, M Toussaint, J Eggert, E Körner: Uncertainty Optimization for Robust Dynamic Optical Flow Estimation. The sixth Int Conf on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA 2007), pages 450-457.

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Probabilistic inference planning
Here are some movies: (red=forward messages, green=bwd messages, blue=posterior state visiting probability for random starts/goals)
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Please refer to:

M Toussaint, S Harmeling, A Storkey (2006): Probabilistic inference for solving (PO)MDPs. Research Report EDI-INF-RR-0934, University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics.

M Toussaint and A Storkey (2006): Probabilistic inference for solving discrete and continuous state Markov Decision Processes. 23nd International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2006)

M Toussaint, Ch Goerick (2007): Probabilistic inference for structured planning in robotics. Int Conf on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2007).

 Inference and planning on factor graphs
See here for a currently ongoing project on implementing generic inference techniques (based on message passing) on factor graphs and using this for solving (PO)MPDs.
 Motor control and physical simulation
We (mainly myself and Heiko from Edinburgh) are currently working on nice physical simulation environments. We use the Open Dynamic Engine as the physical simulation engine, but designed an additional generic data structure describing the dynamical state of the system for more sophisticated computations (inverse kinematics, etc). Here are some preliminary results: A movie demonstrating inverse kinematics for an arm (simply using the pseudo inverse) and a physically simulated 1-legged hopper (Windows codec) that is quite stable and flexible (not a simple superposition of oscillation and stabalization). Source code will be published some time in the future.
 Bayesian Search & Gaussian Process priors

See the project page on Bayesian Search and Gaussian Process priors, which is mainly addressed to the optimization and EC community.
(2005) Learning discontinuities in inverse dynamics

Please see here as a supplement to

M. Toussaint and S. Vijayakumar (2005): Learning discontinuities for switching between local models. 19th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2005), 1744-1745.

 (2004) Sensorimotor maps
Please see here as a supplement to the publication

M. Toussaint (2006): A sensorimotor map: Modulating lateral interactions for anticipation and planning. Neural Computation 18, 1132-1155.

For earlier work on this, see here that refers to

M. Toussaint (2004): Learning a world model and planning with a self-organizing dynamic neural system. In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 16 (NIPS 2003), 929-936, MIT Press, Cambridge.

 (2003) Lerning genetic representations
Please see here for a project on evolving genetic representations:

M. Toussaint (2003): Demonstrating the Evolution of Complex Genetic Representations: An Evolution of Artificial Plants. Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2003), 86-97.