Virtual reality for robots

Markku Suomalainen, Alexandra Q. Nilles, Steven M. Lavalle

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Abstract

This paper applies the principles of Virtual Reality (VR) to robots, rather than living organisms. A simulator, of either physical states or information states, renders outputs to custom displays that fool the robot's sensors. This enables a robot to experience a combination of real and virtual sensor inputs, combining the efficiency of simulation and the benefits of real world sensor inputs. Thus, the robot can be taken through targeted experiences that are more realistic than pure simulation, yet more feasible and controllable than pure real-world experiences. We define two distinctive methods for applying VR to robots, namely black box and white box; based on these methods we identify potential applications, such as testing and verification procedures that are better than simulation, the study of spoofing attacks and anti-spoofing techniques, and sample generation for machine learning. A general mathematical framework is presented, along with a simple experiment, detailed examples, and discussion of the implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages11458-11465
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728162126
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 24 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2020 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Oct 24 2020Jan 24 2021

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
ISSN (Print)2153-0858
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0866

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period10/24/201/24/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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