About me

I am a tenured research scientist (chargé de recherche – CR) in INRIA Nancy Grand-Est and LORIA since 2014, 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 of Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) in Paris (France), with Olivier Sigaud and Vincent Padois. I obtained my PhD at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa (Italy) with Francesco Nori and Giorgio Metta in 2011.

My research is currently focused on robots collaborating with humans. I am interested into combining machine learning with control to improve the prediction, adaptation 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 have been serving as Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Social Robotics since March 2021.

I have served as Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (2017-2021), for which I received the IEEE RA-L Distinguished Service Award as Outstanding Associate Editor. I have been regularly serving as Associate Editor for IEEE/RAS robotics conferences. I was Program Chair of IEEE/RAS Humanoids 2019.

I recently joined the steering committee of Robotics for Infectious Diseases. Since 2021 I am co-leading the GT7 Humanoid Robotics of GDR Robotique (the French Robotics society).

I recently obtained the Suzanne Zivi Award 2020 for excellence in research.

I am one of the Judges of the ANA Avatar Xprize competition.

I am currently involved in the following projects:

  • AnDy (EU, H2020, PI): collaboration between humans and humanoids, exoskeletons and cobots
  • HEAP (EU, CHIST-ERA, PI): machine learning techniques and human-in-the-loop  approach to grasp irregular objects in a heap
  • C-Shift (FR, LUE, PI): to investigate adaptation with cobots and exoskeletons
  • TELEMOVTOP (FR, AMI Numerique Grand Est, PI): to apply our knowledge in teleoperation to robots for asbestos removal
  • EXOTURN (FR, Inria-COVID19, PI): to provide exoskeletons for doctors engaged in the COVID-19 fight in the ICU
  • The_Flying_Coworker (FR, ANR): collaboration between humans and flying robots with manipulators for objects handover
  • ASMOA (FR, DGA): prediction and anticipatory control for exoskeletons

Past projects:

  • CoDyCo (EU, FP7, PI): learning and control for physical human-robot interaction

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