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Extraneousness-Aware Imitation Learning
Ray Zheng · Kaizhe Hu · Boyuan Chen · Huazhe Xu

Visual imitation learning is an effective approach for intelligent agents to obtain control policies from visual demonstration sequences. However, standard visual imitation learning assumes expert demonstration that only contains the task-relevant frames. While previous works propose to learn from \textit{noisy} demonstration, it still remains challenging when there are locally consistent yet task irrelevant subsequences in the demonstration. We term this kind of imitation learning imitation-learning-with-extraneousness'' and introduce Extraneousness-Aware Imitation Learning (EIL), a self-supervised approach that learns visuomotor policies from third-person demonstrations where extraneous subsequences exist. EIL learns action-conditioned self-supervised frame embeddings and aligns task-relevant frames across videos while excluding the extraneous parts. Our method allows agents to learn from extraneousness-rich demonstrations by intelligently ignoring irrelevant components. Experimental results show that EIL significantly outperforms strong baselines and approaches the level of training from the perfect demonstration on various simulated continuous control tasks and alearning-from-slides'' task.