Presentation on theme: "Optimized Sensory-motor Couplings plus Strategy Extensions for the TORCS Car Racing Challenge COBOSTAR Cognitive BodySpaces for Torcs based Adaptive Racing."— Presentation transcript:
Optimized Sensory-motor Couplings plus Strategy Extensions for the TORCS Car Racing Challenge COBOSTAR Cognitive BodySpaces for Torcs based Adaptive Racing
TORCS Competition Setup: Only local information / Main Idea no complete track Information available
TORCS Competition Setup: Available Sensors Angle Sensor: current angle between the car direction and the track axis. Speed Sensors: speed in both axes. 19 Range Sensors: free track space in front of the car. 36 opponent Sensors: notice opponents around the car. Additional Sensors: current engine speed, current gear, rotation and speed for all wheels, damage of the car, etc.
TORCS Competition Setup: Car Control Gas and Break Pedals Gear shifting Steering
Stuck behavior: COBOSTAR Design: off Track Strategy Anti Slip Regulation: If nothing else works, Switch to reverse gear and stay in this mode until angle to track axis is halved or until stuck again
CMA – Covariance Matrix Adaptation Smart(er) search for the best solution. Takes in account the dependencies between the parameters Evolution Process: All parameters were optimized on various TORCS tracks. All sets of parameters were compared on all tracks. The most general parameter set was chosen. Optimization Algorithm:
Parameter Optimization – On Road The most general set, wins only in four of the tracks (not that general). Second set with most wins, is only rated 6 th – different behavioral strategies suite for different track types. Best strategy for a track isnt always the strategy that was optimized on that track – local optimum. Differences between worst and best performance on each track – hard to get a general strategy Interesting findings
Parameter Optimization – On Road Blast from the past: some strategies control this formula with P1 and some with P2.
Parameter Optimization – Off Road Not the same Fitness function. If the car controller is good, then the car will not reach off-road Why not the same as on-road? Crash Strategy: every 300 meters causes the car to go off the road. Now the same fitness function can be used. Solution
Strategy Modifications – Gear Shifting Shift up: Shift down: Each time the engine reaches 9500 RPM Each time the engine drops bellow: 3300, 6200, 7000, 7300, 7700 For gears: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 respectively
Strategy Modifications – Large Track The problem: Solution: The target angle is interpolated between the maximal distance sensor and its neighbors, causing the to drive on slightly wavy trajectory. Measuring the track width at the beginning of the race. If it exceeded a hand-set threshold, some steering factors were set by hand instead of the evolved ones.
Strategy Modifications – 2 nd Lap Switching Strategies: Analyze the general properties of the track and switch to more suitable strategy. Crash Point: Remembering crash points from the first lap, in the next lap the car would go into passive mode.