OUDEYER_PIERRE_YVES_2013_OJPierre-Yves OudeyerI am research director at Inria, heading the Flowers team. I was previously a permanent researcher in Sony Computer Science Laboratory for 8 years (1999-2007). I am also Chair of IEEE CIS Technical Committee on Autonomous Mental Development, editor of IEEE CIS Newsletter on AMD, associate editor of IEEE Transactions on AMD and Frontiers in Neurorobotics

I study mechanisms by which humans and robots can progressively discover their bodies, and learn how to interact with their physical and social environment. In particular, I study the developmental processes which guide organisms to acquire and expand continuously a large and cumulative repertoires of skills across their lifespan. This includes mechanisms of curiosity-driven learning, imitation, multimodal statistical inference, body maturation and self-organization.

Of particular interest to me is the formation of repertoires of sensorimotor and interaction skills as well as their relation with the acquisition and evolution of languages.

I consider cognitive development as a complex dynamical system which needs to be understood through systemic thinking, leveraging tools and concepts from human sciences, living sciences, and mathematical/computational sciences. Further, I consider algorithms and robotics models as powerful scientific languages to express theories of cognitive development in the living.

In practice, this has led me to follow two mutually reinforcing research activities (yet with two different epistemological perspectives):

  • Understanding human cognitive development, where computers and robots are used as conceptual and experimental tools in constant dialog with developmental psychology, neuroscience and linguistics;
  • Constructing machines and robots, inspired by mechanisms of the living, which are capable of lifelong development and adaptation to the physical and social world.

Quick links:

SciencePublications, Videos, TalksPatents, Google Scholar
BioBio, CV, Awards, Collective Responsibilities, Flowers team
Projects: Models of curiosity in humans,  Active learning and curiosity in robots, Poppy Project, Perceptual multimodal learning, Human-robot interaction, e-learning technologies, Emotional Speech synthesis and recognitionModels of speech and language acquisition and evolution
Popular science: Articles, museum exhibits and interviews, press, Art/Science projects, videos in english, vidéos en français

Join open science discussion on the Flowers open lab forumNeurocuriosity (symposium, bibliography of papers on intrinsic motivation and curiosity)

Selected publications:

Highlight publication on Curiosity-driven Developmental Process and the Evolution of Language:

Cognitive Science: Computational and Robotic Models of Human Development and Language Evolution

Developmental Robotics: Mechanisms of Lifelong Developmental Learning of Sensorimotor and Social Skills in Robots

Adaptive Human-Machine Interfaces, BCI, Emotional Speech Processing

Educational Technologies

  • Developmental Active Learning for Personalization and Optimization in Online Educational Software

Outreach Projects

Poppy: an Open-Source 3D Printed Robotic Platform

Link to information about the Poppy humanoid robot Poppy Project web site. Poppy is an open-source 3D printed robot for science, education and art designed by the Flowers team. It was built to study the impact of the body on sensorimotor development and cognition: it makes it possible to really consider the body as an experimental variable. See article at Humanoids 2013 conference.

Poppy Overview from Poppy Project on Vimeo.

IniRobot: un kit pédagogique pour l'initiation à la robotique à l'école primaire

 IniRobotIniRobot est une série d’activités pédagogiques “clés en main” destinée à la découverte de la robotique et de la programmation à l’école primaire, en particulier lors des activités périscolaires. Ce kit est libre d’utilisation (Creative Commons CC-BY-SA) et utilise le robot Thymio développé à l’EPFL. Il est déployé en France dans les activités périscolaires des écoles de plusieurs villes, dont Lille, Talence et Lormont. Il a été développé par Didier Roy, Thomas Guitard et Pierre-Yves Oudeyer dans l’équipe Flowers, et est partagé sur le site participatif Dessine-moi un robot

Art and Science

I collaborate regularly with artist within project that explore the frontiers between art and science. This has been the opportunity to create original connections between the general public and our scientific projects, in particular by bringing people to ask themselves and to ourselves stimulating questions about the position of such scientific projects within society at large.

Examples of such projects include:

News

Interviews

Le Monde, nov. 2014 (portrait)Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, aussi curieux que ses robots
Socialter, sept. 2014: Les robots seront-ils aussi "bêtes" que nous? Des machines et des hommes
Les Echos, mars 2014 Les robots auront un impact sur la société

TEDx Talk
Fabricating Open-Source Baby Robots 

Academic Talk on Developmental Robotics

Academic Talk on Models of the Evolution of Language

3D printed Open-Source Poppy Robot

Pour le grand public

Vidéo Lift: "Quand les robots nous aident à comprendre l'homme" , avec présentation de Poppy, robot humanoide open-source et imprimé en 3D.

Book Cover

Septembre 2013: publications du livre "Aux sources de la parole" chez Odile Jacob.

France Culture
(oct. 2013) 
La parole et l'ordinateur, Interview avec Stéphane Delogeorges, émission Continent Sciences

France Inter
(oct. 2013)
Le langage: une auto-organisation ? Interview avec Stéphane Paoli, émission 3D, le journal

RFI (Sept. 2013) Comment s'invente le langage ? Emission "Autour de la question" de Caroline Lachowsky.

Fondation Cartier

L'expérience Ergo-Robots, expostion "Mathématiques un Dépaysement Soudain", Fondation Cartier, Paris