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In robotics, optimizing controller parameters under safety constraints is an important challenge. Safe Bayesian optimization (BO) quantifies uncertainty in the objective and constraints to safely guide exploration in such settings. Hand-designing a suitable probabilistic model can be challenging, however. In the presence of unknown safety constraints, it is crucial to choose reliable model hyper-parameters to avoid safety violations. Here, we propose a data-driven approach to this problem by meta-learning priors for safe BO from offline data. We build on a meta-learning algorithm, F-PACOH, capable of providing reliable uncertainty quantification in settings of data scarcity. As core contribution, we develop a novel framework for choosing safety-compliant priors in a data-riven manner via empirical uncertainty metrics and a frontier search algorithm. On benchmark functions and a high-precision motion system, we demonstrate that our meta-learned priors accelerate the convergence of safe BO approaches while maintaining safety.
Meta-Learning Priors for Safe Bayesian Optimization J. Rothfuss, C. Koenig, A. Rupenyan, A. KrauseIn Proc. Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL), 2022Oral presentation
Bibtex Entry:
	author = {Jonas Rothfuss and Christopher Koenig and Alisa Rupenyan and Andreas Krause},
	booktitle = {Proc. Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL)},
	month = {December},
	title = {Meta-Learning Priors for Safe Bayesian Optimization},
	year = {2022}}