Editorial work - Conference organization - Program committees - Reviewer - PhD Students - PhD Jury - Teaching - Research projects and programs - Popular science
I am heading the FLOWERS research team in INRIA Bordeaux Sud Ouest.
Editor of the IEEE CIS Newsletter on Autonomous Mental Development
Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development.
Associate Editor of Frontiers in Neurorobotics, The Frontiers Foundation.
Associate Editor of the International Journal of Social Robotics, Springer.
Member of the editorial board of Advances in Interaction Studies, John Benjamins Publishing Company.
(2012) Co-organizer of 3rd International Workshop on Human Behaviour Understanding, to be held as a satellite workshop of IEEE/RSJ IROS Conference, to be held in october 2012, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal.
(2011) Member of the organizing committee of the international joint event IEEE ICDL-Epirob 2011 (publicity co-chair), Frankfurt, Germany.
(2009) Publicity co-chair of IEEE 8th International Conference on Development and Learning, Shanghai, China.
(2009) Program co-chair of the 9th International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems, which will take place in Venice, Italy.
(2006) Co-organized the Sony CSL Paris 10th anniversary and symposium, Maison Rouge, Paris.
(2006) Co-organized the Sony CSL Paris Technology Promotion Event, Maison Rouge, Paris.
(2006) General and program co-chair of the Sixth International Conference on Epigenetics Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems, which will take place in Hopital de la Salpétrière, Paris, in September.
(Nov. 2003) Organizer of the worshop "Origins of phonology, origins of syntax : looking forward", Paris.
IEEE/RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (HUMANOIDS 2012)
IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-Epirob), 2012.
3rd International Workshop on Human-Behaviour Understanding, 2012.
International Conference on Adaptive Behavior (2012), Odense, Denmark.
IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC) 2012, Brisbane, Australia.
IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning, Frankfurt, Germany, 2009, 2010, 2011.
HRI 2011 Workshop on ``The role of expectations in intuitive human-robot interactions''.
International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.
HRI 2011 Workshop on "The role of expectations in intuitive human-robot interactions", Lausanne, Switzerland, 2011.
11th International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB 2010), Paris, France.
International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS-9), Tokyo. 2005
Parallel Problem Solving in Nature Conference, 2002, 2003, 2004
IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development
IEEE International conference on
Development and Learning (ICDL)
2006-present: Expert for the EU commission for ICT FP6 and FP7 projects in robotics and language related technologies.
2005-present: Expert for the ANR agency, for robot-related technologies.
2008-2011: Member of Commission de Développement Technologique, INRIA Bordeaux Sud-Ouest.
2011: Participation to the jury for CR2/CR1 INRIA recruitment competition.
Adrien Baranes (2008-present, coming from Master “Robotique et systèmes intelligents”, University Paris VI – and he did his master’s thesis in FLOWERS under my supervision), supervision: 100%; Topics: Algorithms for intrinsically motivated active learning of motor primitives in robots in high-dimensional spaces; Introduction of new competence-based algorithms; Formalization of maturational constraints and their interaction with intrinsic motivation in the context of motor learning (McSAGG);
Fabien Benureau (2010-present, coming from ENS Lyon, magistère informatique), supervision: 100%; Topics: Hierarchical skill learning with intrinsic motivation, elaboration of link between our previous algorithms for intrinsic motivation and option theory (work of groups of Rich Sutton and Andy Barto in the US) in reinforcement learning;
Thomas Cederborg (2009-present, coming from Master in statistical physics, Chalmers University, Sweden), supervision: 100%; Topics: Imitation learning algorithms of context-dependant motor skills and modelling of language bootstrapping in robots as a particular case of context-dependant learning; incremental online regression for motor learning (ILO-GMR), proposed a new advanced general formalization of imitation learning.
Matthieu Lapeyre (2010-present, coming from ENS Cachan, Master in Mechanics) co-supervision: 50% Olivier Ly, 50% myself;Topic: Studies of the role of morphological and maturational constraints in learning humanoid dynamic biped locomotion; Morphology of vertebral column; Elaboration of several new cost function, evolving through maturational constraints, and integrated in a multi-objective optimization framework; Experimentation with the Acroban humanoid robot and design of new versions.
Olivier Mangin (2010-present, coming from Ecole Polytechnique and Master MVA at ENS Cachan), supervision: 100%; Topics: Constraints on deep learning algorithms (different algorithms using Restricted Boltzmann Machines, Multimap regression and Non-Negative Matrix factorization) for inferring invariances and sparse primitives/basis from complex human motor demonstration and reproducing associated complex movements;
Mai Nguyen (2010-present, coming from Ecole Polytechnique and Master in Cognitive Robotics, University of Osaka, Japan), supervision: 100%;Topics: Interaction of socially guided motor learning and intrinsically motivated motor learning; Based on SAGG-RIAC architecture; Bridging the work done so far in the team in HRI on the one hand and intrinsically motivated motor learning on the other hand.
Pierre Rouanet (2008-present, coming from Master Informatique, University Bordeaux I), supervision: 100%; Topics: Studying the role of human-robot interfaces for robot teaching of new words; Elaboration of new interfaces for efficient and intuitive joint attention and joint intention between the robot and the human (with touchpads, wiimotes and laser pointers); Showed in large-scale user studies with non-specialist users that interfaces can increase considerably learning efficiency.
PhD Thesis jury
Xavier Hinaut (2012) "Réseau de neurones récurrent pour le traitement de séquences abstraites et de structures grammaticales, avec une application aux interactions homme-robot", Univ. Lyon I, France.
Matthias Rolf (2012) "Goal babbling for an efficient bootstrapping of inverse models in high dimensions", Univ. Bielefeld, Germany (rapporteur).
Duong Dang (2012) "Manipulation et locomotion en robotique humanoide avec optimisation en temps réel des pas", Univ. Toulouse/LAAS, France (rapporteur).
John Nassour (2012) "Success-failure learning for humanoid: study on bipedal walking", Univ. Versailles, France and TUM, Germany.
Sylvain Koos (2011) ``L'approche par transférabilité : une réponse aux problèmes de passage à la réalité, de généralisation et d'adaptation'', ISIR/University Paris VI, France (rapporteur).
Clément Moulin-Frier (2011) "Rôle des relations perception-action dans la communication parlée et l'émergence des systèmes phonologiques : étude, modélisation computationnelle et simulations", Université de Grenoble, France.
Cyril Hasson (2011) "Modélisation des mécanismes émotionnels pour un robot autonome: perspective développementale et sociale", Univ. Cergy-Pontoise, France.
Jean-David Boucher (2010) Construction d'ontologie multimodale située, Université de Lyon, France.
Matthieu Nottale (2008) Ancrage d'un lexique partagé entre robots autonomes dans un environnement noncontraint, Université Paris VI, France.
Kathryn Merrick (2007) Modelling Motivation For Experience Based Attention Focus in Reinforcement Learning, University of Sydney, Australia.
Magali Ochs (2007) Modélisation, formalisation et mise en oeuvre d'un agent rationnel dialoguant émotionnel empathique, Université Paris VIII.
Nicolas Gomond (2006) Des neurosciences à la robotique: modélisation de l'apprentissage conditionné, Université de Bordeaux II.
2009 – 2014: Principal investigator of the European Research Council Starting Grant Project EXPLORERS (1.5 million euros).
2008-present: Head of the INRIA FLOWERS team.
2011-2013: Work package leader of ANR MACSi project (4 partners, 410 keuros total, 111 keuros for FLOWERS INRIA).
2010-2012: Co-investigator of “Action de développement technologique (ADT INRIA) (“Acrodev”), two 2-year engineers.
2009-2010: Principal investigator of “Action de développement technologique ADT”, INRIA (“Development of interoperable and combinable software tools and interfaces for natural human-robot interaction »), one 2-year engineer.
2010-2012: Principal investigator of Region Aquitaine project “ACROBATE” (130 keuros)
2009-2011: Principal investigator of Region Aquitaine project “DEVROB” (130 keuros)
2008-2009: Principal investigator of INRIA "Action exploratoire" FLOWERS (130 keuros)
2004-present: Participation to the ECAgent european project. Other partners include: CNR-ISTC, EPFL (ASL), ULB, Collegium Budapest, Viktoria Institute, Humbold Univerisity, La Sapienza, University Pompeu Fabra, University of Tokyo.
2003-2007: Co-creator and animator of the Developmental Robotics group, Sony CSL Paris
2008 –2009: Irrcyn, Nantes, EMARO European Master on Advanced Robotics, “Social and developmental robotics”, 15 hours/year.
2008: Institut de Cognitique, Bordeaux, “Social robotics”, Master M1 “Sciences Cognitives”, 15 hours.
2007: I gave one course on "Robotics and Speech" at Master IMA, Université Paris 8.
2006 – present: ENSTA, Paris, 3rd year engineering diploma, “Concepts and Algorithms for Social and Entertainment Robots” (creation of the first course in developmental and social robotics in France, one of the first in Europe), 24.5 hours/year.
2004-2007: ENSEA, Cergy-Pontoise, “Computational Cognitive Modeling”, 3rd year engineering students, 6 hours/year.
2006: I gave one course on "Robotics and Language" for third year university student in computer science in University of Caen, France.
2006: I gave one course called "Robots as tools for thinking the origins of language", to second year students in the engineering school, Institut de Cognitique, Bordeaux, France.
2005: ENS/EHESS/Univ. Paris Descartes, “Computational models of language origins”, 5 hours.