Born January 12, 1980 at Yverdon, Switzerland.
Marital status: Single. Citizenship: Swiss and French.
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 and by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
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.
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)
The complete list of my publications can be found in the publications section.
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)**
Adrian Bodenmann, "Hierarchical learning of a movement through Hidden Markov Model". BSc Project, EPFL. (now Researcher at the University of Tokyo)
Florent D'halluin, "Incremental learning of gestures through the support of a human teacher". BSc Project, EPFL.
Caroline Nadeau, "Vocal analysis to teach a humanoid robot manipulation skills". BSc Project, EPFL. (now Research Engineer at IRISA/INRIA Rennes, with a PhD from Universite de Rennes 1)
Manon Pulvin, "Imitation of legs motion by a humanoid robot through the use of motion sensors". BSc Project, EPFL.
Adrien Hitz, "Locomotion control module for the HOAP3 robot". BSc Project, EPFL.
Julien Epiney, "A Humanoid Robot that can paint". BSc Project, EPFL. (now Automation Engineer at Mikron)
Patrick Schoeneich, "Gaze direction detection using inertial sensors". BSc Project, EPFL. (now R&D Engineer at Imina Technologies, with a PhD from EPFL)
Jean-Joel Borter, "Motion data representation using motion sensors". BSc Project, EPFL. (now R&D Engineer at Thermo Fisher Scientific)
Christophe Dubach, "Recognition of trajectories using a stereoscopic vision system". BSc Project, EPFL. (now Assistant Professor at the University of Edinburgh, with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh)
Vincent Hentsch, "Gestures analysis using gyroscopic sensors". BSc Project, EPFL.
Andre Noth, "Development of an auditory systems running on a Pocket-PC". BSc Project, EPFL. (now Systems Research Project Manager at Nestle, with a PhD from ETH Zurich)
Yves Linder, "Robust visual arms and head tracking running on a Pocket-PC". BSc Project, EPFL. (now Group Leader at Electro Medical Systems)
Cecile Grivaz, "Interactive game of a pair of mini-humanoid robot Robota". BSc Project, EPFL. (now PhD graduate from the University of Geneva)
French (native), English (fluent), German (good command), Italian (basic communication skills).
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.