Learning to Correspond Dynamical Systems
Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Learning for Dynamics and Control, PMLR 120:105-117, 2020.
Many dynamical systems exhibit similar structure, as often captured by hand-designed simplified models that can be used for analysis and control. We develop a method for learning to correspond pairs of dynamical systems via a learned latent dynamical system. Given trajectory data from two dynamical systems, we learn a shared latent state space and a shared latent dynamics model, along with an encoder-decoder pair for each of the original systems. With the learned correspondences in place, we can use a simulation of one system to produce an imagined motion of its counterpart. We can also simulate in the learned latent dynamics and synthesize the motions of both corresponding systems, as a form of bisimulation. We demonstrate the approach using pairs of controlled bipedal walkers, as well as by pairing a walker with a controlled pendulum.