A Planning based Neural-Symbolic Approach for Embodied Instruction Following


The ALFRED environment features an embodied agent following instructions and accomplishing tasks in simulated home environments. However, end-to-end deep learning methods struggle at these tasks due to long-horizon and sparse rewards. In this work, we propose a principled neural-symbolic approach combining symbolic planning and deep-learning methods for visual perception and NL processing. The symbolic model is enriched as exploration progress until a full plan can be obtained. New perceptions are added to a discrete graph representation that is used for producing new planning problems. Empirical results demonstrate that our approach can achieve high scalability with SOTA performance of 36.04% unseen success rate in the ALFRED benchmark. Our work builds a foundation for a neural-symbolic approach that can act in unstructured environments when the set of skills and possible relationships is known.

CVPR Embodied AI Workshop