Learning multiple gaits of quadruped robot using hierarchical reinforcement learning

ArXiv Preprint 2021

Yunho Kim    Bukun Son    Dongjun Lee

Seoul National University


There is a growing interest in learning a velocity command tracking controller of quadruped robot using reinforcement learning due to its robustness and scalability. However, a single policy, trained end-to-end, usually shows a single gait regardless of the command velocity. This could be a suboptimal solution considering the existence of optimal gait according to the velocity for quadruped animals. In this work, we propose a hierarchical controller for quadruped robot that could generate multiple gaits (i.e. pace, trot, bound) while tracking velocity command. Our controller is composed of two policies, each working as a central pattern generator and local feedback controller, and trained with hierarchical reinforcement learning. Experiment results show 1) the existence of optimal gait for specific velocity range 2) the efficiency of our hierarchical controller compared to a controller composed of a single policy, which usually shows a single gait. Codes are publicly available.

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	title={Learning multiple gaits of quadruped robot using hierarchical reinforcement learning},
	author={Kim, Yunho and Son, Bukun and Lee, Dongjun},
	journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:2112.04741},