Differentiable Trajectory Generation for Car-like Robots by Interpolating Radial Basis Function Networks

Hongrui Zheng Rahul Mangharam

University of Pennsylvania

Abstract: The design of Autonomous Vehicle software has largely followed the Sense-Plan-Act model. Traditional modular AV stacks develop perception, planning, and control software separately with little integration when optimizing for different objectives. On the other hand, end-to-end methods usually lack the principle provided by model-based white-box planning and control strategies. We propose a computationally efficient method for approximating closed-form trajectory generation with interpolating Radial Basis Function Networks to create a middle ground between the two approaches. The approach creates smooth approximations of local Lipschitz continuous maps of feasible solutions to parametric optimization problems. We show that this differentiable approximation is efficient to compute and allows for tighter integration with perception and control algorithms when used as the planning strategy.

Paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/2303.00981 

Code: https://github.com/hzheng40/irbfn