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Workshop: 5th Robot Learning Workshop: Trustworthy Robotics

Learning Certifiably Robust Controllers Using Fragile Perception

Dawei Sun · Negin Musavi · Geir Dullerud · Sanjay Shakkottai · Sayan Mitra


Advances in computer vision and machine learning enable robots to perceive their surroundings in powerful new ways, but these perception modules have well-known fragilities. We consider the problem of synthesizing a safe controller that is robust despite perception errors. The proposed method constructs a state estimator based on Gaussian processes with input-dependent noises. This estimator computes a high-confidence set for the actual state given a perceived state. Then, a robust neural network controller is synthesized that can provably handle the state uncertainty. Furthermore, an adaptive sampling algorithm is proposed to jointly improve the estimator and controller. Simulation experiments, including a realistic vision-based lane-keeping example in CARLA, illustrate the promise of the proposed approach in synthesizing robust controllers with deep-learning-based perception.

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