Predicting Motion Plans for
Articulating Everyday Objects

Arjun Gupta
Max E. Shepherd
Saurabh Gupta
ICRA 2023
Dataset and Code

Mobile manipulation tasks such as opening a door, pulling open a drawer, or lifting a toilet seat require constrained motion of the end-effector under environmental and task constraints. This, coupled with partial information in novel environments, makes it challenging to employ classical motion planning approaches at test time. Our key insight is to cast it as a learning problem to leverage past experience of solving similar planning problems to directly predict motion plans for mobile manipulation tasks in novel situations at test time. To enable this, we develop a simulator, ArtObjSim, that simulates articulated objects placed in real scenes. We then introduce SeqIK+θ0, a fast and flexible representation for motion plans. Finally, we learn models that use SeqIK+θ0 to quickly predict motion plans for articulating novel objects at test time. Experimental evaluation shows improved speed and accuracy at generating motion plans than pure search-based methods.


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