April 2018

I have just started my new position at the Bristol Robotics Lab in Bristol! I'll keep on working as Senior Research Fellow on cognition for social robotics, in close collaboration with Manuel Giuliani . Exciting times ahead!

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December 2017

Our new open dataset of child-child and child-robot social interactions is online. 120 children freely playing together, 45+h of recordings, 11500+ annotations of social behaviours: Go and grab it!

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November 2017

I have been invited to give a keynote at the AAAI Fall Symposium 2017. I'll be talking about our new dataset of child social interaction and how deep learning could be a way forward for social robotics. The slides are online.

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September 2017

I'm starting a faculty position at Plymouth University as a lecturer (assistant professor) in robotics and artificial intelligence! Exciting!

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March 2017

Update! We have been awarded the Best 'Design' Paper Award for our paper on the Cellulo robot. Great!

We have two papers accepted for presentation at the HRI 2017 conference next March in Vienna!

The first one presents Cellulo, the new little robots we have created at EPFL: small, cheap, 'child-proof', holonomic and self-localised, they might well be the future of robotics in the classroom! And we already have many ideas how to use them to enhance learning in innovative ways, like this real-world simulation of molecules.

The second one reports on the results of our experimentations with automatic speech recognition for children: to put it simply, it does not work yet :-) Our dataset is online.

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March 2017

This year, I am co-organizing with Heather Knight the alt.HRI event during the Human-Robot Interaction conference 2017.

alt.HRI is about offering a high-visibility venue for unconventional, radical, thought-provoking (yet rigorous!) research on the future of human-robot interactions. With a special flavour this year: we invited authors to discuss the Less Positive Side of Human-Robot Interaction.

With the help of a great international committee (Kate Darling, Seiichiro Katsura, Iolanda Leite, Angelica Lim, Hirotaka Osawa, Ana Paiva, Bill Smart and Mary-Anne Williams), we have selected four contributions which will be presented during the HRI 2017 conference next March in Vienna. From a robot which physically takes control of your throat and dictates what you say to robots which feel scared when they visit unknown places, I'm very excited with the programme!

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