Learning to Control an Octopus Arm with Gaussian Process Temporal Difference Methods

Posted in Science on August 23, 2008


Learning to Control an Octopus Arm with Gaussian Process Temporal Difference Methods

The Octopus arm is a highly versatile and complex limb. How the Octopus controls such a hyper-redundant arm (not to mention eight of them!) is as yet unknown. Robotic arms based on the same mechanical principles may render present day robotic arms obsolete. In this talk, I will describe how we tackle this problem using an online reinforcement learning algorithm, based on a Bayesian approach to policy evaluation known as Gaussian process temporal difference (GPTD) learning.

Author: Yaakov Engel, University Of Alberta

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