Probabilistic Safety Constraints for Learned High Relative Degree System Dynamics
; Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Learning for Dynamics and Control, PMLR 120:781-792, 2020.
This paper focuses on learning a model of system dynamics online while satisfying safety constraints. Our motivation is to avoid offline system identification or hand-specified dynamics models and allow a system to safely and autonomously estimate and adapt its own model during online operation. Given streaming observations of the system state, we use Bayesian learning to obtain a distribution over the system dynamics. In turn, the distribution is used to optimize the system behavior and ensure safety with high probability, by specifying a chance constraint over a control barrier function.