Training of Neural Networks with Automated Labeling of Simulated Sensor Data
Goodin, C., Sharma, S., Doude, M., Carruth, D. W., Dabbiru, L., & Hudson, C. R. (2019). Training of Neural Networks with Automated Labeling of Simulated Sensor Data. SAE Technical Paper 2019-01-0120. Detroit, MI. DOI:10.4271/2019-01-0120.
While convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have revolutionized ground-vehicle autonomy in the last decade, this class of algorithms requires large, truth-labeled data sets to be trained. The process of collecting and labeling training data is tedious, time-consuming, expensive, and error-prone. In order to automate this process, an automated method for training CNNs with simulated data was developed. This method utilizes physics-based simulation of sensors, along with automated truth labeling, to improve the speed and accuracy of training data acquisition for both camera and LIDAR sensors. This framework is enabled by the MSU Autonomous Vehicle Simulator (MAVS), a physics-based sensor simulator for ground vehicle robotics that includes high-fidelity simulations of LIDAR, cameras, and other sensors.