Spetember 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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alt.HRI logo

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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March 2016

Update! We have been awarded the Best 'Theory and Methods' Paper Award for our formalization of the idea of `With-me-ness' in robotics. Fantastic!

The annual Human-Robot Interaction conference is coming soon: I'll be flying New Zealand to present our last year's work on attention and engagement tracking between humans and robots (nominated for the Best Paper award!).

Alexis is going to present the results of 3 rather long studies where we show that robots can indeed help children struggling with hand-writing.

I'm also really glad to co-organize with Paul Baxter the (co-located) 2nd Intl. Workshop on Cognitive Architectures for Social HRI.

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August 2015

Here we are! we've moved to Plymouth this summer, and I will soon start to work on a Theory of Mind for our robots, with Tony Belpaeme at the University of Plymouth!

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February 2015

On air! I've been interviewed for 25 min on the place of robots in our society by the Swiss national radio RTS. You can listen to the interview (in French!) online.

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February 2015

I've been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship to work on the Theory of Mind for robots with Tony Belpaeme at the University of Plymouth (and Claire got one as well!). We are moving to UK next summer!

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