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).

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

Apr 29 2024
Kinematic Aspects of Robotics Workshop, Johann Radon Institute (RICAM), Linz, Austria.
Dec 07 2023
Swiss Digital Conference, Sierre, Switzerland.
Dec 04 2023
Seminar at the Institute for Cognitive Systems, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany.
Nov 21 2023
Colloquium at the Department of Mathematics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Nov 15 2023
Workshop on AI for Robotics, Naver Labs Europe, Grenoble, France.
Nov 08 2023
3-minute pitch at TEDx Martigny, Switzerland.
Oct 26 2023
ReconCycle Summer School, Mallorca, Spain.
Oct 05 2023
6th Workshop on Ergonomic Physical Human-Robot Collaboration: Harnessing Advancements in Robot Learning, IEEE/RSJ Intl Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS'2023), Detroit, USA.
Aug 24 2023
AI Olympics With RealAIGym: Is AI Ready for Athletic Intelligence in the Real World? workshop and competition, 32nd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), 2023, Macao.
Jul 10 2023
Mechanical and Mechatronics Department Research Seminar, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Jul 06 2023
AI for Good Global Summit, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
Jul 05 2023
Workshop on Accelerating sustainable manufacturing with AI, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
Jul 02 2023
Geriatronics Summit, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Jun 14 2023

Latest news and updates

Dec 21, 2022
Teguh Lembono, who recently finished his PhD thesis in the Robot Learning & Interaction group, received the Best Student Award during the Idiap Award 2022 event.
Dec 14, 2022
New preprint and software release presenting our work on geometric algebra for optimal control with applications in manipulation tasks.
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 contains 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.