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 INTELLIMAN, SESTOSENSO, SWITCH, CODIMAN, COB'HOOK, LEARN-REAL, HEAP, NATAI, COLLABORATE, MEMMO, ROSALIS, DEXROV, I-DRESS, TACT-HAND, PLATFORM-MMD, STIFF-FLOP, PANDORA, SMART-E, SAPHARI, AMARSI, ROBOT@CWE, FEELIX GROWING and COGNIRON.

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, by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, and by the Swiss Innovation Agency.

You can download my research statement as a PDF file.

Upcoming or recent invited talks

Jun 2023
Nov 23, 2022
Seminar at the University of Bologna.
Nov 12, 2022
Invited pitch at Prix Suisse 2022 organized by Initiative Switzerland.
Nov 02, 2022
Invited presentation for Talking Robotics. See also the video to the recorded talk.
Jun 23, 2022
Seminar series, Department of Computer Science, University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Jun 20, 2022
First International Symposium on Geriatronics, Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence, TUM.
Jan 25, 2022

Latest news and updates

Sep 02, 2022
We released a new software called Robotics Codes from Scratch (RCFS) that aims at studying and testing learning and optimization problems in robotics. The website links to a pdf document describing the covered approaches with links to the source code examples.
Sep 02, 2022
I participated in the International Create Challenge, a 9-day AI Hackathon to transform new ideas into prototypes, by teaming up with Dr Gennady Plyushchev and Dr Daniel Berio. Our team Laterna Magica won the ICC Award!
Apr 01, 2022
New webpage created for drozBot, the portraitist robot currently showcased at the UNIL-CHUV Museum of the Hand in Lausanne, as part of the exhibition Intelligence Artificielle: Nos Reflets Dans La Machine, from April 2022 to April 2023.