Short Bio

Short Bio

Dr. Pierre-Yves Oudeyer is Research Director (DR1) at Inria and head of the Inria and Ensta-ParisTech FLOWERS team (France). Before, he has been a permanent researcher in Sony Computer Science Laboratory for 8 years (1999-2007). He studied theoretical computer science at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, and received his Ph.D. degree in artificial intelligence from the University Paris VI, France. He has been studying lifelong autonomous learning, and the self-organization of behavioural, cognitive and cultural structures, at the frontiers of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cognitive sciences and educational technologies. He has been developing models of intrinsically motivated learning, pioneering curiosity-driven learning algorithms working in real world robots, and developed theoretical frameworks to understand better human curiosity and autonomous learning. He also studied mechanisms enabling machines and humans to discover, invent, learn and evolve communication systems. He has published two books, more than 100 papers in international journals and conferences, holds 8 patents, gave several invited keynote lectures in international conferences, and received several prizes for his work in developmental robotics and on the origins of language. In particular, he is laureate of the Inria-National Academy of Science young researcher prize in computer sciences, and of an ERC Starting Grant EXPLORERS. He is also editor of IEEE CIS Newsletter on Cognitive and Developmental Systems where he organizes interdisciplinary dialogs in cognitive science, AI and robotics, as well as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems and Frontiers in Neurorobotics. He has been chair of IEEE CIS Technical Committee on Cognitive and Developmental Systems in 2015-16. He is also working actively for the diffusion of science towards the general public, through the writing of popular science articles and participation to radio and TV programs as well as science exhibitions. Web:http://www.pyoudeyer.com and http://flowers.inria.fr

Contact: pierre-yves dot# oudeyer at inria.fr

Address:

Inria Bordeaux Sud-Ouest
200, avenue de la vieille tour
33405 Talence
France

En français:

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer est directeur de recherche (DR1) à Inria et responsable de l’équipe FLOWERS à Inria et Ensta ParisTech. Auparavant, il a été chercheur pendant 8 ans au Sony Computer Science Laboratory à Paris. Il a étudié l’informatique à l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon et a obtenu son doctorat en intelligence artificielle à l’Université Paris VI. Il s’intéresse à la modélisation informatique et robotique de l’apprentissage et du développement sensorimoteur et social chez l’humain et les machines. Il étudie en particulier les mécanismes de curiosité, de  maturation, le rôle du corps dans le développement cognitif, et des interactions homme-robot permettant l’apprentissage par imitation. Il a reçu plusieurs prix pour ses travaux, notamment le Prix Le Monde de la Recherche Universitaire, le prix ASTI 2005, et est lauréat d’une ERC Starting Grant depuis 2009. Il est éditeur de la IEEE CIS Newsletter on Autonomous Mental Development, et éditeur associé des journaux IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development, Frontiers in Neurorobotics, International Journal of Social Robotics. Il est auteur du livre “Aux sources de la parole: auto-organisation et évolution“, publié chez Odile Jacob. Il participe aussi activement à la diffusion des sciences vers le grand public, au travers de l’écriture d’articles et de livres de vulgarisation, mais de la participation à des émissions de radios/télé et à des expositions sur les sciences. Web:http://www.pyoudeyer.com and http://flowers.inria.fr