The paper presents a complete pipeline for learning continuous motion control policies for a mobile robot when only a non-differentiable physics simulator of robot-terrain interactions is available. The multi-modal state estimation of the robot is also complex and difficult to simulate, so we simultaneously learn a generative model which refines simulator outputs. We propose a coarse-to-fine learning paradigm, where the coarse motion planning is alternated with imitation learning and policy transfer to the real robot. The policy is jointly optimized with the generative model. We evaluate the method on a real-world platform in a batch of experiments.
Submitted to IROS 2018 with RAL option. Available on arXiv.