I am a Senior Research Scientist at the Idiap Research Institute, with research interests covering robot learning, optimal control, geometrical approaches, and human-robot collaboration. I am also a lecturer at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The collaborative projects I am or have been involved in include SWITCH, CODIMAN, 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.

My work focuses on human-centered robotics applications in which the robots can acquire new skills from only few demonstrations and interactions. It requires the development of models that can exploit the structure and geometry of the acquired data in an efficient way, the development of optimal control techniques that can exploit the learned task variations and coordination patterns, and the development of intuitive interfaces to acquire meaningful demonstrations.

The developed approaches can be applied to a wide range of manipulation skills, with robots that are either close to us (assistive and industrial robots), parts of us (prosthetics and exoskeletons), or far away from us (teleoperation). My research is supported by the European Commission, by the Swiss National Science Foundation, and by the Swiss Innovation Agency.

Upcoming or recent invited talks

Dec 07, 2021
Workshop on Adaptive and Reconfigurable Robotics for Smart Manufacturing, ICAR'2021, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Dec 07, 2021
Workshop on Design, Learning, and Control for Safe Human-Robot Collaboration, ICAR'2021, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Sep 27, 2021
Workshop on Variable Impedance Robotics skills: Challenges and Opportunities, IROS'2021, Prague, Czech Republic.
Sep 24, 2021
Workshop on Object Recognition and Manipulation, Intl Conf. on Computer Vision Systems (ICVS).
May 27, 2021
Robotics Seminar, University of Leeds, UK
May 05, 2021

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Jun 04, 2021