A New Neural Network Feature Importance Method: Application to Mobile Robots Controllers Gain Tuning

Ashley Hill, Eric Lucet, Roland Lenain

Abstract

This paper proposes a new approach for feature importance of neural networks and subsequently a methodology using the novel feature importance to determine useful sensor information in high performance controllers, using a trained neural network that predicts the quasi-optimal gain in real time. The neural network is trained using the Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolution Strategy (CMA-ES) algorithm, in order to lower a given objective function. The important sensor information for robotic control are determined using the described methodology. Then a proposed improvement to the tested control law is given, and compared with the neural network’s gain prediction method for real time gain tuning. As a results, crucial information about the importance of a given sensory information for robotic control is determined, and shown to improve the performance of existing controllers.

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