I am the inventor or co-inventor
of 15 patents covering 5 different technological issues (for more details and full list of patents,
you can visit the
Office web site):
Touchpad based human-robot interface for realizing joint attention
Together with Pierre Rouanet, we co-invented a human-robot interface which allows to efficiently show novel unknown objects to a robot and ensure joint attention. A typical realization of this technology uses smartphones such as the Iphone as a mediator interface.
Emotional Speech Synthesis
I am the inventor of several worldwide patents describing various aspects of a
technology that describes the synthesis of emotional speech with
computers. This technology has been integrated into the Qrio robot, and is
being integrated into Playstation 3 video games.
Emotional Speech Recognition
I am the inventor of one worldwide patent describing a technique which is
useful in the process of building machines that can recognize the
emotion/attitude of a human based on the prosody of its speech.
Robot behavioural shaping
Together with Frederic Kaplan, I am the co-inventor of a technique
inspired from clicker -training which allows to teach various behaviours
to a robot in a way which is quite similar to way real dogs or dolphins
are trained. This technology has been integrated in the software of the
commercial version of the AIBO robot.
Together with Frederic Kaplan, I am the co-inventor of 2 patents which
describe a machine learning technology related to the capability of a learning machine to
select autonomously its training examples so that each new example brings
a maximal amount of information. A part of this technology has been integrated in the Sony Qrio humanoid robot.