Self-Supervised Domain Adaptation for Visual Navigation with Global Map Consistency [article]

Eun Sun Lee, Junho Kim, Young Min Kim
2021 arXiv   pre-print
We propose a light-weight, self-supervised adaptation for a visual navigation agent to generalize to unseen environment. Given an embodied agent trained in a noiseless environment, our objective is to transfer the agent to a noisy environment where actuation and odometry sensor noise is present. Our method encourages the agent to maximize the consistency between the global maps generated at different time steps in a round-trip trajectory. The proposed task is completely self-supervised, not
more » ... iring any supervision from ground-truth pose data or explicit noise model. In addition, optimization of the task objective is extremely light-weight, as training terminates within a few minutes on a commodity GPU. Our experiments show that the proposed task helps the agent to successfully transfer to new, noisy environments. The transferred agent exhibits improved localization and mapping accuracy, further leading to enhanced performance in downstream visual navigation tasks. Moreover, we demonstrate test-time adaptation with our self-supervised task to show its potential applicability in real-world deployment.
arXiv:2110.07184v1 fatcat:unvxebsmyrefrhivtcbjtkebmq