Local Sampling-based Planning with Sequential Bayesian Updates

09/08/2019 ∙ by Tin Lai, et al. ∙ 0

Sampling-based planners are the predominant motion planning paradigm for robots. Majority of sampling-based planners use a global random sampling scheme to guarantee completeness. However, these schemes are sample inefficient as the majority of the samples are wasted in narrow passages. Consequently, information about the local structure is neglected. Local sampling-based motion planners, on the other hand, take sequential decisions of random walks to samples valid trajectories in configuration space. However, current approaches do not adapt their strategies according to the success and failures of past samples. In this work, we introduce a local sampling-based motion planner with a Bayesian update scheme for modelling a sampling proposal distribution. The proposal distribution is sequentially updated based on previous sample outcomes, consequently shaping the proposal distribution according to local obstacles and constraints in the configuration space. Thus, through learning from past observed outcomes, we can maximise the likelihood of sampling in regions that have a higher probability to form trajectories within narrow passages.

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