Imperial College London

Professor Yiannis Demiris

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Professor of Human-Centred Robotics, Head of ISN



+44 (0)20 7594 6300y.demiris Website




1014Electrical EngineeringSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Kucukyilmaz, A and Demiris, Y},
doi = {10.1109/ROMAN.2015.7333600},
pages = {438--443},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {One-shot assistance estimation from expert demonstrations for a shared control wheelchair system},
url = {},
year = {2015}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - An emerging research problem in the field of assistive robotics is the design of methodologies that allow robots to provide human-like assistance to the users. Especially within the rehabilitation domain, a grand challenge is to program a robot to mimic the operation of an occupational therapist, intervening with the user when necessary so as to improve the therapeutic power of the assistive robotic system. We propose a method to estimate assistance policies from expert demonstrations to present human-like intervention during navigation in a powered wheelchair setup. For this purpose, we constructed a setting, where a human offers assistance to the user over a haptic shared control system. The robot learns from human assistance demonstrations while the user is actively driving the wheelchair in an unconstrained environment. We train a Gaussian process regression model to learn assistance commands given past and current actions of the user and the state of the environment. The results indicate that the model can estimate human assistance after only a single demonstration, i.e. in one-shot, so that the robot can help the user by selecting the appropriate assistance in a human-like fashion.
AU - Kucukyilmaz,A
AU - Demiris,Y
DO - 10.1109/ROMAN.2015.7333600
EP - 443
PY - 2015///
SP - 438
TI - One-shot assistance estimation from expert demonstrations for a shared control wheelchair system
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ER -