Learning rich touch representations through cross-modal self-supervision

01/21/2021 ∙ by Martina Zambelli, et al. ∙ 0

The sense of touch is fundamental in several manipulation tasks, but rarely used in robot manipulation. In this work we tackle the problem of learning rich touch features from cross-modal self-supervision. We evaluate them identifying objects and their properties in a few-shot classification setting. Two new datasets are introduced using a simulated anthropomorphic robotic hand equipped with tactile sensors on both synthetic and daily life objects. Several self-supervised learning methods are benchmarked on these datasets, by evaluating few-shot classification on unseen objects and poses. Our experiments indicate that cross-modal self-supervision effectively improves touch representation, and in turn has great potential to enhance robot manipulation skills.

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