Sampling Training Data for Continual Learning Between Robots and the Cloud

12/12/2020 ∙ by Sandeep Chinchali, et al. ∙ 0

Today's robotic fleets are increasingly measuring high-volume video and LIDAR sensory streams, which can be mined for valuable training data, such as rare scenes of road construction sites, to steadily improve robotic perception models. However, re-training perception models on growing volumes of rich sensory data in central compute servers (or the "cloud") places an enormous time and cost burden on network transfer, cloud storage, human annotation, and cloud computing resources. Hence, we introduce HarvestNet, an intelligent sampling algorithm that resides on-board a robot and reduces system bottlenecks by only storing rare, useful events to steadily improve perception models re-trained in the cloud. HarvestNet significantly improves the accuracy of machine-learning models on our novel dataset of road construction sites, field testing of self-driving cars, and streaming face recognition, while reducing cloud storage, dataset annotation time, and cloud compute time by between 65.7-81.3 algorithms and scalably runs on embedded deep learning hardware. We provide a suite of compute-efficient perception models for the Google Edge Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), an extended technical report, and a novel video dataset to the research community at https://sites.google.com/view/harvestnet.

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