I am a CR2 researcher in INRIA Nancy Grand-Est (France), working in the project-team LARSEN, directed by Francois Charpillet. I am also affiliated with the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab of TU Darmstadt (Germany), directed by Jan Peters.

My research is at the intersection of humanoid robotics and human-robot interaction: my focus is on robots interacting physically and socially with humans, blending learning, perception and control. The goal of my research is to bring the robots closer to humans, taking into account their feedback into the robot learning and control processes. I am particularly interested in interactions between the robot and potential end-users, not accustomed with robots.

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Current students

  • PhD students
    • Oriane Dermy (Inria DRISI grant), 11/2015-10/2018
      Topic: learning to control the human-robot physical interaction
  • Master / Internships
    • Adrien Malaise (Inria grant, Master in Cognitive Science), 02/2016-09/2016
      Topic: acceptance and user study of a robotic arm programmed by nurses
    • Ugo Chervet (FP7 CODYCO), 03/2016-09/2016
      Topic: learning multi-task priorities for iCub
    • Anthony Voilque (FP7 CODYCO), 03/2016-09/2016
      Topic: physical human-robot interaction for cooperative assembly with iCub
  • Visiting students
    • Valerio Modugno (PhD student from La Sapienza Univ.), 04/2015-12/2015
      Topic: learning the soft task priorities for the control of redundant robots

Past students

  • Master / Internships
    • Sebastian Marichal (Master student, Inria international grant), 09/2015-02/2016
      Topic: intuitive interfaces for programming robotic arms by non-experts

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