Dr Sylvain Calinon,
Idiap Research Institute,
Centre du Parc, Rue Marconi 19,
CH-1920 Martigny, Switzerland

(Office) +41 27 721 77 61
sylvain.calinongmail.com

Born January 12, 1980 at Yverdon, Switzerland.
Marital status: Single.   Citizenship: Swiss and French.

Short bio

I am a Senior Researcher at the Idiap Research Institute, with research interests covering robot learning and human-robot interaction. I am also a lecturer at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

From 2009 to 2014, I was a Team Leader at the Department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR), Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). From 2007 to 2009, I was a Postdoc at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory (LASA), EPFL. I hold a PhD from EPFL (2007), awarded by the Robotdalen Scientific Award, ABB Award and EPFL-Press Distinction. I co-authored about 90 publications in the field of robot learning, with recognition including Best Paper Awards in the journal of Intelligent Service Robotics (ISR, 2017) and at IEEE Ro-Man'2007, as well as Best Paper Award Finalist at IEEE-RAS Humanoids'2009, IEEE/RSJ IROS'2013, ICIRA'2015 and IEEE ICRA'2016. I currently serve as Associate Editor in IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) and IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).

The collaborative projects I am or have been involved in include COB'HOOK, LEARN-REAL, HEAP, COLLABORATE, MEMMO, ROSALIS, DexROV, I-DRESS, TACT-HAND, PLATFORM-MMD, STIFF-FLOP, PANDORA, SMART-E, SAPHARI, AMARSI, ROBOT@CWE, FEELIX GROWING and COGNIRON, supported by the European Commission, by the Swiss National Science Foundation, and by the Swiss Innovation Agency.


Research Experience

Jan 2018-
Senior Researcher
2014-2017
Researcher
2014-2018
External Collaborator
2007-2009
Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

2003-2007
PhD Robotics
Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Thesis: "Continuous Extraction of Task Constraints in a Robot Programming by Demonstration Framework"
Advisor:
Prof. Aude Billard, EPFL, Switzerland.
Committee:
Prof. Hannes Bleuler, EPFL, Switzerland,
Prof. Herve Bourlard, Director of Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland,
Dr Yiannis Demiris, Imperial College London (ICL), UK,
Prof. Stefan Schaal, University of Southern California (USC), USA.
Awards:
Robotdalen Scientific Award,   ABB Award,   EPFL-Press distinction.
Defense:
May 1st, 2007. Public presentation: July 6th, 2007.
2001-2003
MSc Microeng.
Autonomous Systems Laboratory (ASL), EPFL, Switzerland. Thesis: "PDA Interface for Humanoid Robots using Speech and Vision Processing"
Advisor:
Prof. Aude Billard, EPFL, Switzerland.
Committee:
Defense:
March 1st, 2003.
1998-2001
BSc Microeng.
EPFL, Switzerland.

Awards

2013
Excellence in Reviewing, Robotics and Autonomous Systems (Elsevier).
  In recognition of an outstanding contribution to the quality of the journal
2009
Co-author of a chapter in the Handbook of Robotics (Springer) distinguished by two PROSE Awards.
2008
Robotdalen Scientific Award for Best 2007 PhD Thesis (See the press release here).
  The jury was impressed by the practical and economic importance of the problem, the systematic analysis and innovative layered approach of its implementation, the completeness of the solution, and the open release of source code, demonstrating confidence in the solution independence from specifics of any particular robot hardware or manipulation task.
2008
ABB Award for Best 2007 PhD Thesis.
  For the thorough and exemplary work in his Ph.D. thesis and important scientific contributions resolving two major issues in robot programming by demonstration.
2008
EPFL-Press distinction for Best 2007 PhD Thesis.
2008
First prize (LASA-EPFL Team) in the Grand Challenge on Human-Robot Interaction at the IEEE Intl Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'2008).

Invited Talks

Nov 2019
Feb 2019
Nov 2018
The Cyborg Days, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Nov 2018
SolvAxis ProConcept UserDay, Bern, Switzerland.
Oct 2018
Workshop on Variable Impedance Robot Skills: Control & Learning, IROS'2018, Madrid, Spain.
Aug 2018
Idiap Innovation Day, Martigny, Switzerland.
Jul 2018
Jun 2018
Workshop on Learning Applications for Intelligent Autonomous Robots, 15th Intl Conf. on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS), Baden Baden, Germany.
Jun 2018
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.
May 2018
Workshop on Robots in Human Environments, Gipsa Lab, INP Grenoble & Univ. Grenoble-Alpes, France.
Feb 2018
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.



Oct 2017
Delft Workshop on Robot Learning, TU Delft, The Netherlands.
Sep 2017
Workshop on Synergies Between Learning and Interaction, IEEE/RSJ IROS'2017, Vancouver, Canada.
Sep 2017
Workshop on Human in-the-loop robotic manipulation: on the influence of the human role, IEEE/RSJ IROS'2017, Vancouver, Canada.
Aug 2017
Aug 2017
Intl Conf. on Gesture and Speech in Interaction (INTERSPEECH'2017 satellite event), Poznań, Poland.
Jun 2017
Jun 2017
May 2017
Numerical Analysis Seminar, Mathematics Dept, University of Geneva.
Dec 2016
Neurorobotics Workshop, 30th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS'2016), Barcelona, Spain.
Nov 2016
"AI and Robotics: from technology to the arts" seminar, Mines-ParisTech, France.
Jun 2016
Curzon-Goldsmiths Cinema, Goldsmiths University of London, UK.
Feb 2016
Conference Cerveau & Robot, Sion, Switzerland.
Aug 2015
May 2015
Agile and Dexterous Robotics Lab, ETHZ, Zurich, Switzerland.
Feb 2015
Robotics and Computer Vision Group, ENSTA-ParisTech, France.
Jan 2015
GIPSA-lab, CNRS/University of Grenoble, France.
Nov 2014
PI Symposium (Posthuman and Digital Art), Monthey, Switzerland.
Oct 2014
Nipconf'2014, SwissTech Convention Center, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Sep 2014
Workshop on Compliant Manipulation: Challenges in Learning and Control, Intl Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS'2014), Chicago, USA.
Mar 2014
DIBRIS, University of Genova, Italy.
Mar 2014
LIRMM HRP-4 Inaugural Workshop, Montpellier, France.
Jan 2014
RoSEC Winter School, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
Nov 2013
Idiap Research Institute, Martigny, Switzerland.
Oct 2013
Aug 2013
Biorobotics Lab, TU Delft, Netherlands.
Jun 2013
Workshop on Robot Learning, ICML'2013, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Apr 2013
Workshop on haptic collaboration in shared control tasks, IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC’2013), Daejeon, Korea.
Mar 2013
Workshop on Collaborative Robotics in Industry, European Robotics Forum (ERF’2013), Lyon, France.
Jan 2013
RoSEC Winter School, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
Jun 2012
Jan 2012
Jan 2012
RoSEC Winter School, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
Dec 2011
Oct 2011
Computational Learning and Motor Control Lab, University of Southern California (USC), USA.
Jul 2010
Campus Party, Science and Arts City Museum, Valencia, Spain.
(Technology festival since 1997 with renowned invited speakers such as Stephen Hawking, Al Gore, Neil Amstrong, Steve Wozniak, Vint Cerf or Tim Berners-Lee)
Oct 2009
Automatic Control Dept, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain.
2008
HONDA Research Institute Europe, Offenbach, Germany.
2008
Nakamura Laboratory, University of Tokyo, Japan.
2008
Workshop on Grasp and Task Learning by Imitation, IEEE/RSJ IROS)'2008, Nice, France.
2008
Workshop on Interactive Robot Learning, Robotics: Science and Systems (R:SS), Zurich, Switzerland.
2008
2008
2008
Swedish robotics initiative Robotdalen annual event, Volvo Group, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
2007
Workshop on Concept Learning for Embodied Agents, IEEE Intl Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Roma, Italia.
2006

Workshop on Collaborative Human-Robot Teamwork, IEEE ICRA'2006, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Invited Robot Demonstrations

2016
Demonstrations of learning by interaction applications with the Baxter robot, Conference Cerveau & Robot, Sion, Switzerland.
2014
Demonstrations of learning by interaction applications with the Baxter robot, TEDx Martigny.
2010
Futura Campus Party, demonstrations of a chief cook learning robot at the Science & Arts City Museum, Valencia, Spain.
2009
Futura Campus Party, demonstrations of a chief cook learning robot at the Corferias International Exhibition Center, Bogota, Columbia.
2008
Google Zeitgeist Partner Forum, Mountain View, CA, USA, demonstrations of a portraitist humanoid robot.

Bibliometry

h-index: 40,   7500+ citations*.

The complete list of my publications can be found in the publications section.

Publications highlights

  • Calinon, S. (2016). A Tutorial on Task-Parameterized Movement Learning and Retrieval. Intelligent Service Robotics (Springer), 9:1, 1-29.
    (Best Paper Award)

  • Tanwani, A.K. and Calinon, S. (2016). Learning Robot Manipulation Tasks with Task-Parameterized Semi-Tied Hidden Semi-Markov Model. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 1:1, 235-242.
    (Best Paper Award Finalist)

  • Bruno, D., Calinon, S., Malekzadeh, M. and Caldwell, D.G. (2015). Learning the stiffness of a continuous soft manipulator from multiple demonstrations. Intelligent Robotics and Applications, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 9246, 185-195, Springer.
    (Best Paper Award Finalist)

  • Calinon, S., Alizadeh, T. and Caldwell, D.G. (2013). On improving the extrapolation capability of task-parameterized movement models. IEEE/RSJ Intl Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).
    (Best Paper Award Finalist)

  • Calinon, S., D'halluin, F., Caldwell, D.G. and Billard, A. (2009) "Handling of multiple constraints and motion alternatives in a robot programming by demonstration framework". IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), pp. 582-588.
    (Best Paper Award Finalist)

  • Calinon, S., Guenter, F. and Billard, A. (2007) "On Learning, Representing and Generalizing a Task in a Humanoid Robot". IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part B, 37:2.
    (article listed within Scopus Essential Science Indicators as highly cited paper in the top 1% of its academic field, 900+ citations)*

  • Calinon, S. and Billard, A. (2007) "Active Teaching in Robot Programming by Demonstration". IEEE Intl Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)", pp. 702-707.
    (Best Paper Award)

  • Billard, A., Epars, Y., Calinon, S., Cheng, G. and Schaal, S. (2004) "Discovering Optimal Imitation Strategies". Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), 47:2-3.
    (Top-3 2009 RAS most cited articles for the last five years)**
* Source: Google Scholar, 2019.
** Source: Elsevier, 2009.

Grants and Projects

Project Coordinator
2019-2022
LEARN-REAL (Learning Physical Manipulation Skills with Simulators using Realistic Variations)
(CHIST-ERA Collaborative Project, Swiss NSF)
Project Leader for Idiap
2019-2020
COB'HOOK (Dexterous manipulation for electroplating jig loading in the watchmaking industry)
(Innosuisse)
2018-2021
CoLLaboratE (Co-production CeLL performing Human-Robot Collaborative AssEmbly)
(H2020-FoF Grant)
2018-2021
MEMMO (Memory of Motion)
(H2020-ICT Grant 780684)
2015-2018
DexROV (Effective Dexterous ROV Operations in Presence of Communications Latencies)
(H2020-BG Grant 635491)
2015-2018
I-DRESS (Assistive Interactive Robotic System for Support in Dressing)
(CHIST-ERA Collaborative Project, Swiss NSF)
2016-2020
TACT-HAND (Improving control of prosthetic hands using tactile sensors and realistic machine learning)
(D-A-CH Collaborative Project, Swiss NSF)

Project Co-Leader for Idiap
2019-2022
HEAP (Human-Guided Learning and Benchmarking of Robotic Heap Sorting)
(CHIST-ERA Collaborative Project, Swiss NSF)
2018-2022
ROSALIS (robot skills acquisition through active learning and social interaction strategies)
(Swiss NSF)
2016-2017
PLATFORM-MMD (Platform for Reproducible Acquisition, Processing, and Sharing of Dynamic, Multi-Modal Data)
(R'Equip grant, Swiss NSF)

Project Leader for IIT
2012-2015
STIFF-FLOP (STIFFness controllable Flexible and Learn-able Manipulator for surgical OPerations)
(IP FP7-ICT-287728)

Project Co-Leader for IIT
2012-2014
PANDORA (Persistent Autonomy through learNing, aDaptation, Observation and Re-plAnning)
(STREP FP7-ICT-288273)

Project Participant
2013-2017
SMART-E (Sustainable Manufacturing through Advanced Robotics Training)
(ITN FP7/2007-2013/ Marie Curie REA 608022, affiliated with IIT)
2011-2015
SAPHARI (Safe and Autonomous Physical Human-Aware Robot Interaction)
(IP FP7-ICT-287513, affiliated with IIT)
2010-2014
AMARSI (Adaptive Modular Architectures for Rich Motor Skills)
(IP FP7-ICT-248311, affiliated with IIT)
2007-2009
ROBOT@CWE (Advanced robotic systems in future collaborative working environments)
(STREP FP6-34002, affiliated with EPFL)
2006-2010
FEELIX GROWING (Feel, interact, express: a global approach to development with interdisciplinary grounding)
(IP FP6-IST-045169, affiliated with EPFL)
2004-2007
COGNIRON (The Cognitive Robot Companion)
(IP FP6-IST-002020, affiliated with EPFL)

Technology Transfer
2015
Baxter, What Else? (Incremental learning of movements for service robots)
(IdeArk, TheArk)
2011

Teaching

2019-2020
Engineering Master program on Applied Artificial Intelligence, in partnership with Swiss Distance Learning University. Responsible for the courses on Robotics.
2018-2019
Post-Master program AI Move (Artificial Intelligence and Movement in Industries and Creation) at Mines-ParisTech, in collaboration with Idiap, IRCAM, University Paris 8 and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Responsible for the courses on Statistical, Geometrical and Dynamical Representations of Movement (Module 2: Motion Capture, Modelling and Gesture Recognition) and on Human-Robot Interaction and Collaborative Robotics (Module 4: Humans, Machines and Connected Objects).
Jan 2019
"Memory of Motion" Winter School, Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland. Lectures on movement primitives.

Committees / Editorships / Memberships

2012
Financial Chair
2011
Financial Chair
Organizing Committees
2019
Organizing Committee
2019
Organizing Committee
Workshop on Learning for Industry 4.0: Feasibility and Challenges, IEEE Intl Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'2019), Montreal, Canada.
2018
Organizing Committee
Workshop on AI for rehabilitation and prosthetics, HES-SO, Sierre, Switzerland.
2018
Organizing Committee
Tutorial From Least Squares Regression to High-dimensional Motion Primitives, IEEE/RSJ Intl Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS'2018).
2018
Organizing Committee
Workshop on Robots for Assisted Living, IEEE/RSJ Intl Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS'2018).
2017
Organizing Committee
2017
Organizing Committee
Associate Editor
2017-now
Associate Editor
2015-now
Associate Editor
2015-now
Associate Editor
2015-now
Associate Editor
Program Committee
2014-now
Technical Committee
Human Movement Understanding, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).
2008-now
Technical Committee
Robot Learning, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).
2015-2016
Program Committee
2010
Coordinator

Robotics Area for Campus Party Europe, represented by the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation, Madrid, Spain.

Examiner
2018
Examiner
Philipp Schlehuber-Caissier's PhD Thesis, UPMC, Paris, France.
2018
Examiner
Hang Yin's PhD Thesis, IST (Portugal) and EPFL (Switzerland).
2017
Examiner
Yiming Yang's PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh, UK.
2017
Examiner
Adrià Colomé's PhD Thesis, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain.
2017
Examiner
Alexandros Paraschos' PhD Thesis, TU Darmstadt, Germany.
2017
Examiner
Gennaro Raiola's PhD Thesis, ENSTA-ParisTech, France.
2016
Examiner
Eva Coupeté's PhD Thesis, Mines-ParisTech, France.
2014
Examiner
Miguel González-Fierro Palacios' PhD Thesis, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain.
2013
Examiner
Leonel Rozo's PhD Thesis, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain.
2009
Examiner
Diego Pardo's PhD Thesis, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain.
Member
2008
Member
FIBRS Student/Chair Mentorship Program.

Supervision

Postdoctoral Fellows
2019-now
Dr João Silvério, Idiap Research Institute.
2018-now
Dr Antonio Paolillo, Idiap Research Institute.
2017-2018
Dr Andras Kupcsik, Idiap Research Institute (next: Research Scientist at Bosch Center for AI)
2015-2017
Dr Ioannis Havoutis, Idiap Research Institute (next: Lecturer at the University of Oxford).
2012-2015
Dr Leonel Rozo, ADVR-IIT (next: Research Scientist at Bosch Center for AI)
2012-2015
Dr Danilo Bruno, ADVR-IIT (next: Software Analyst at CAMELOT biomedical systems S.r.l.).
2009-2011

Dr Petar Kormushev, ADVR-IIT (next: Lecturer at Imperial College London).

PhD Students
2019-now
Suhan Shetty, Idiap/EPFL.
2019-now
Martin Troussard, Idiap/EPFL.
2018-now
Hakan Girgin, Idiap/EPFL.
2018-now
Teguh Lembono, Idiap/EPFL.
2017-now
Thibaut Kulak, "Robot skills acquisition through active learning and social interaction strategies". PhD Thesis proposal, Idiap/EPFL.
2016-now
Noémie Jaquier, "Machine learning applied to the control of prosthetic hands". PhD Thesis proposal, Idiap/EPFL.
2016-now
Emmanuel Pignat, "Robot learning for interactive dressing assistance". PhD Thesis proposal, Idiap/EPFL.
2015-2018
Ajay Kumar Tanwani, "Probabilistic learning models for skill acquisition in teleoperated robots". PhD Thesis, Idiap/EPFL.
(next: Postdoc at AUTOLAB and BAIR, UC Berkeley)
2014-2018
Martijn Zeestraten, "Programming by demonstration on Riemannian manifolds". PhD Thesis, ADVR-IIT/UniGenova.
(next: R&D Engineer in Madern Group)
2014-2017
João Silvério, "Human-robot collaborative manipulation and coordination in bimanual tasks". PhD Thesis, ADVR-IIT/UniGenova.
(next: Postdoc at IIT, Genova, Italy)
2012-2015
Milad Malekzadeh, "Machine Learning for a Soft Robotic Arm Assisting in Minimally Invasive Surgery". PhD Thesis, ADVR-IIT/UniGenova.
(next: Postdoc at CoR-Lab, University of Bielefeld)
2011-2014
Tohid Alizadeh, "Modulation and Statistical Modeling of Human Movements Through Demonstrations". PhD Thesis, ADVR-IIT/UniGenova.
(next: Lecturer at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan)
2011-2014
Davide De Tommaso, "Active Vision and Projections as User Interface in Robot Learning from Demonstration". PhD Thesis, ADVR-IIT/UniGenova.
(next: Software Engineer at IIT, Genova, Italy)
2010-2013
Antonio Pistillo, "Approaches To Open And Closed-Loop Probabilistic Model Learning In Programming By Demonstration". PhD Thesis, ADVR-IIT/UniGenova.
(next: Data Scientist at Accenture)
Visiting PhD Students
2019
jarosław Łokietko, Goldsmiths University of London, supervised by Prof. Frederic Fol Leymarie.
2018
Markku Suomalainen, Aalto University, supervised by Prof. Ville Kyrki.
2015
Daniel Berio, Goldsmiths University of London, supervised by Prof. Frederic Fol Leymarie.
2011
Leonel Rozo, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, supervised by Prof. Carme Torras.
Internships
2018
Hakan Girgin, MSc Student at Bogazici University, supervised by Prof. Emre Ugur.
2017
Olivier Baseggio, "Case studies for the application of robot learning techniques in industrial applications". Internship, Idiap.
MSc Theses
2017
Yanick Bertrand, "Synthesis of exaggerated movements to facilitate robot skill acquisition". MSc Thesis, Idiap/EPFL.
2016-2017
Fabien Crépon, "Robot-Assisted Learning for Object Recognition". MSc Thesis, Idiap/EPFL.
2016
Noémie Jaquier, "Robot drawing skills acquisition with vision feedback". MSc Thesis, Idiap/EPFL.
(next: PhD Student at Idiap/EPFL, Switzerland)
2015-2016
Emmanuel Pignat, "Online learning of task-parameterized models". MSc Thesis, Idiap/EPFL.
(next: PhD Student at Idiap/EPFL, Switzerland)
2012-2013
Martijn Zeestraten, "Robot Learning using Tree-Based Policy Representation". MSc Thesis magna cum laude, ADVR-IIT/Delft University (Erasmus exchange program).
(next: PhD Student at IIT, Genova, Italy)
2012
Sunniva van Ipenburg, "Learning of a table skittle game with reinforcement learning and parametric Gaussian mixture model". MSc Thesis, ADVR-IIT/Delft University (Erasmus exchange program).
2012
Affan Pervez, "Movement skill acquisition with imitation and reinforcement learning". MSc Thesis, ADVR-IIT/KTH (Erasmus exchange program).
(next: PhD Student at TUM, Munich, Germany)
2008
Florent D'halluin, "Robust learning and reproduction of gestures from human demonstrations". MSc Thesis, EPFL.
2007
Murielle Richard, "Implementation of a learning-by-imitation algorithm on the Katana robot". MSc Thesis, EPFL.
(next: PhD Student at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)
2005
Frederic Magnard, "Object tracking for a camera designed to be worn by children". MSc Thesis, EPFL.
2004
Adrien Brossard, "Control of the humanoid robot HOAP-2". MSc Thesis, EPFL.
2004
Andre Maurer, "Artificial Neural Network (ANN) - Hidden Markov Model (HMM) Comparison for a gesture recognition application". MSc Thesis, EPFL.
(next: teacher in computer science, with a PhD from EPFL)
2003

Marc Kunze, "Person recognition for the humanoid robot Robota". MSc Thesis, EPFL.
(next: Engineer at ETEL Motion Technology, with a PhD from EPFL)

MSc/BSc Projects
2017-2018
Dylan Bourgeois, "Pose sketching interface to control a humanoid robot". MSc Project, Idiap/EPFL.
2019
Christine Whiteley, "Interactive visualization of trajectories on a smartphone for a robot learning from demonstration application". BSc Project, Idiap/EPFL.
2017-2018
Laila El Hamamsy, "Streamline extraction from images for a robotic light painting application". BSc Project, Idiap/EPFL.
2017-2018
Frederick Gusset, "Body-aware assistance for the execution of human-robot collaborative tasks". BSc Project, Idiap/EPFL.
2017-2018
Florian Standaert, "Mobile interface for the generation of movements with variations in robots". BSc Project, Idiap/EPFL.
2017
Robin Wütschert, "Smartphone interface for the Baxter robot". BSc Project, Idiap/EPFL.
2017
Yuxiang Li, "Robot experiential learning of movement primitives". BSc Project, Idiap/EPFL.
2016
Yuxiang Li, "Extracting low-level motion primitives and high-level macro actions". BSc Project, Idiap/EPFL.
2016
Nikol Guljelmovic, "Incremental learning of movement with Trajectory-HMM". Internship, Delft University.
2015-2016
Christian Abbet, "Surface extraction and interactive anamorphic image rendering for a robotized projector". Internship, Idiap/EPFL.
2015-2016
Dominique Tao, "Robot drawing skills acquisition". Internship, Idiap/EPFL.
2008
Adrian Bodenmann, "Hierarchical learning of a movement through Hidden Markov Model". BSc Project, EPFL.
(next: Researcher at the University of Tokyo)
2008
Florent D'halluin, "Incremental learning of gestures through the support of a human teacher". BSc Project, EPFL.
(next: Data scientist at Netheos, Montpellier, France)
2007
Caroline Nadeau, "Vocal analysis to teach a humanoid robot manipulation skills". BSc Project, EPFL.
(next: Research Engineer at IRISA/INRIA Rennes, with a PhD from Universite de Rennes 1)
2007
Manon Pulvin, "Imitation of legs motion by a humanoid robot through the use of motion sensors". BSc Project, EPFL.
2006
Adrien Hitz, "Locomotion control module for the HOAP3 robot". BSc Project, EPFL.
2005
Julien Epiney, "A Humanoid Robot that can paint". BSc Project, EPFL.
(next: Automation Engineer at Mikron)
2005
Patrick Schoeneich, "Gaze direction detection using inertial sensors". BSc Project, EPFL.
(next: R&D Engineer at Imina Technologies, with a PhD from EPFL)
2004
Jean-Joel Borter, "Motion data representation using motion sensors". BSc Project, EPFL.
(next: R&D Engineer at Thermo Fisher Scientific)
2004
Christophe Dubach, "Recognition of trajectories using a stereoscopic vision system". BSc Project, EPFL.
(next: Assistant Professor at the University of Edinburgh, with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh)
2004
Vincent Hentsch, "Gestures analysis using gyroscopic sensors". BSc Project, EPFL.
2003
Andre Noth, "Development of an auditory systems running on a Pocket-PC". BSc Project, EPFL.
(next: Systems Research Project Manager at Nestle, with a PhD from ETH Zurich)
2003
Yves Linder, "Robust visual arms and head tracking running on a Pocket-PC". BSc Project, EPFL.
(next: Group Leader at Electro Medical Systems)
2003
Cecile Grivaz, "Interactive game of a pair of mini-humanoid robot Robota". BSc Project, EPFL.
(next: PhD graduate from the University of Geneva)

Other skills

Languages
French (native),   English (fluent),   German (good command),   Italian (basic communication skills).
Robots
Panda (Franka Emika), Baxter (Rethink Robotics), WAM (Barrett Technology Inc.),   LightWeight Arm (Kuka, DLR),   COMAN humanoid robot (IIT),   iCub humanoid robot (IIT),   HOAP-2, HOAP-3 (Fujitsu),   Katana (Neuronics),   DB (Sarcos),   HRP-2 (Kawada Ind., General Robotix),   Robota (Didel).
Coding

C/C++, Matlab/GNU Octave, OpenGL, GLSL, ROS, OpenFrameworks, Processing.

I maintain PbDlib, a collection of source codes for robot programming by demonstration including various functionalities at the crossroad of statistical learning, dynamical systems, optimal control and Riemannian geometry.