About me

I am a permanent researcher (chargé de recherche – CR) in INRIA Nancy Grand-Est (France), working in the project-team LARSEN, directed by Francois Charpillet. Before joining Inria, I was a postdoc in the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab of TU Darmstadt (Germany), with Jan Peters, and in the Institute if Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) in Paris (France), with Olivier Sigaud and Vincent Padois. I did my PhD in the Robotics, Brain & Cognitive Science Lab (RBCS) of the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa (Italy) with Francesco Nori and Giorgio Metta.

My research is currently focused on robots collaborating with humans. I am interested into combining machine learning with control to improve the prediction and interaction skills of robots. I strongly believe in user evaluation, i.e., making potential end-user evaluate our technologies, to improve usability, trust, acceptance.

I am currently PI in the EU H2020 ICT project AnDy (2017-2020), where we focus on collaboration between humans and humanoids, exoskeletons and cobots, and in the EU Chist-Era project HEAP (2019-2022), where we combine machine learning techniques and human-in-the-loop  approach to grasp irregular objects in a heap. I am also involved in the French ANR project The_Flying_Coworker (2019-2022), where we focus on collaboration between humans and flying robots. In the past I was PI in the EU FP7 project CoDyCo (2013-2017), working on learning and control for physical human-robot interaction.

Upcoming events:

  • AnDy review meeting (year 2) @ Ottobock, Germany
  • HEAP kick-off meeting (2019)
  • The_Flying_Coworker kick-off meeting (2019)
  • IEEE/RAS Int. Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids 2019) @ Toronto, Canada