I am the team leader of the Learning and Interaction Group (established in 2009) at the Department of Advanced Robotics, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova, Italy. I am also a visiting research fellow at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory (LASA), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where I received my PhD in 2007. My research interests cover robot learning by imitation, machine learning and human-robot interaction.
I maintain the Programming-by-demonstration.org website, which provides an open access to researchers working in learning by imitation to post announcements, links, and publications.
Curriculum Vitae - CV
Dr Sylvain Calinon,
Born January 12, 1980, Yverdon, Switzerland.
(Office) +39 010 717 81 755
Positions / Experience
Visiting research fellow at the CNRS-AIST Joint Japanese-French Robotics Laboratory (JRL) leaded by Prof. Abderrahmane Kheddar, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan (1 month).
Visiting research fellow at the Humanoid Robotics and Computational Neuroscience department (HRCN) leaded by Prof. Gordon Cheng, Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute (ATR), Kyoto, Japan (1 month).
Visiting research fellow at the Computational Learning and Motor Control Lab (CLMC) leaded by Prof. Stefan Schaal, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, USA (1 month).
PhD in robot programming by demonstration
at the LASA Laboratory, EPFL.
MSc in Microengineering, specialization in
robotics, EPFL, Switzerland. MSc thesis on human-robot interfaces at the Autonomous
Systems Laboratory (ASL), EPFL.
BSc in Microengineering. EPFL, Switzerland.
Best paper award finalist of the IEEE-RAS Intl Conf. on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), Paris, France.
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.
ABB Award for best 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.
EPFL-Press distinction for PhD Thesis.
Best paper award of the IEEE Intl Symp. on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), Jeju, Korea. Paper on "Active Teaching in Robot Programming by Demonstration".
|June 2012||Perspectives on Cognitive Interaction and Technology Workshop, CITEC, Bielefeld, Germany.|
|April 2012||LCCC Symp. on Robotic Skill Learning and Cognition, Lund, Sweden.|
|January 2012||Intl Workshop on Cognition, Control and Learning, CHIC, KIST, Seoul, Korea.|
|January 2012||RoSEC Winter School, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.|
|December 2011||Intl Conf. of the European SKILLS Project, Montpellier, France.|
|October 2011||Computational Learning and Motor Control Lab, University of Southern California (USC), USA.|
|August 2011||Learning from Demonstration Challenge, Twenty-Fifth Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI'11), Boston, USA.|
|July 2010||Campus Party, Science and Arts City Museum, Valencia, Spain.
(Technology festival bringing together innovation, creativity, science and digital entertainment. Since 1997, over 125,000 participants attended 30 Campus Party editions, with invited speakers such as Stephen Hawking, Al Gore, Neil Amstrong, Steve Wozniak, Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee, Kevin Mitnick, Captain Crunch or Jon "maddog" Hall.)
|October 2009||Automatic Control Dept, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain.|
|2008||Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics - CoR-Lab, CITEC, Bielefeld, Germany.|
|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 Intl Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Nice, France.|
|2008||Workshop on Interactive Robot Learning, Robotics: Science and Systems Conf. (RSS), Zurich, Switzerland.|
|2008||RobotX Industrial forum on robotics, Yverdon, Switzerland.|
|2008||Workshop on Social Interaction with Intelligent Indoor Robots, Intl Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Pasadena, CA, USA.|
|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 Intl Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Orlando, Florida, USA.|
Invited robot demonstrations at conferences and fairs
|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, demonstrations of a portraitist humanoid robot.|
The complete list of my publications is in the publications page.
- 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.
(242 citations, 48 citations/year)*
- Calinon, S. and Billard, A. (2007) "Incremental Learning of Gestures by Imitation in a Humanoid Robot". ACM/IEEE
Intl Conf. on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).
(138 citations, namely 28 citations/year)*
- 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, 2012.
** Source: Elsevier, 2009.
Grant activities / Projects
Transfer of technology
|2011||Commissioned service of technology for the Industrial Technology Research Institute
(development of a portraitist robot software for interactive showcasing of an industrial robot)
European Projects (proposal writing, participation)
(STIFFness controllable Flexible and Learn-able Manipulator for surgical OPerations)
(IP FP7-ICT-287728, affiliated with ADVR-IIT)
(Persistent Autonomy through learNing, aDaptation, Observation and Re-plAnning)
(STREP FP7-ICT-288273, affiliated with ADVR-IIT)
European Projects (participation)
(Safe and Autonomous Physical Human-Aware Robot Interaction)
(IP FP7-ICT-287513, affiliated with ADVR-IIT)
(Adaptive Modular Architectures for Rich Motor Skills)
(IP FP7-ICT-248311, affiliated with ADVR-IIT)
(Advanced robotic systems in future collaborative working environments)
(STREP FP6-34002, affiliated with LASA-EPFL)
(Feel, interact, express: a global approach to development with
(IP FP6-IST-045169, affiliated with LASA-EPFL)
(The Cognitive Robot Companion)
(IP FP6-IST-002020, affiliated with LASA-EPFL)
Committees / Editorships / Memberships
Leadership / Supervision
|2012-now||Dr Danilo Bruno, ADVR-IIT.|
|2012-now||Milad Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, "Machine Learning for a Soft Robotic Arm Assisting in Minimally Invasive Surgery". PhD thesis proposal, ADVR-IIT/UniGenova.|
|2011-now||Tohid Alizadeh, "Incremental learning for compliant robots through the superposition of basis force fields". PhD thesis proposal, ADVR-IIT/UniGenova.|
|2011-now||Davide De Tommaso, "Multimodal Interfaces Exploration in Human-Robot Interaction for Robot Skill Learning". PhD thesis proposal, ADVR-IIT/UniGenova.|
|2009-now||Antonio Pistillo, "Learning and predicting the user's intention in human-robot interaction". PhD thesis proposal, ADVR-IIT/UniGenova.|
|2012-now||Affan Pervez, "Movement skill acquisition with imitation and reinforcement learning". MSc thesis proposal, ADVR-IIT/KTH (Erasmus exchange program).|
ALUMNI AND FORMER COLLABORATORS
|2009-2011||Dr Petar Kormushev, ADVR-IIT (now Team Leader at ADVR-IIT).|
|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.
(now PhD student at EPFL)
|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.|
|2003||Marc Kunze, "Person recognition for the humanoid robot Robota". MSc thesis, EPFL.
(now holding a PhD degree from EPFL)
|2008||Adrian Bodenmann, "Hierarchical learning of a movement through Hidden Markov Model". BSc Project, EPFL.
(now project researcher at the University of Tokyo)
|2008||Florent D'halluin, "Incremental learning of gestures through the support of a human teacher". BSc Project, EPFL.|
|2007||Caroline Nadeau, "Vocal analysis to teach a humanoid robot manipulation skills". BSc Project, EPFL.
(now PhD student in the Lagadic team at IRISA/INRIA Rennes)
|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.|
|2005||Patrick Schoeneich, "Gaze direction detection using inertial sensors". BSc Project, EPFL.
(now holding a PhD degree from EPFL)
|2004||Jean-Joel Borter, "Motion data representation using motion sensors". BSc Project, EPFL.|
|2004||Christophe Dubach, "Recognition of trajectories using a stereoscopic vision system". BSc Project, EPFL.
(now holding a PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh where he is a research associate)
|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.
(now Systems Research Project Manager at Nestle, holding a PhD degree from ETH Zurich)
|2003||Yves Linder, "Robust visual arms and head tracking running on a Pocket-PC". BSc Project, EPFL.|
|2003||Cecile Grivaz, "Interactive game of a pair of mini-humanoid robot Robota". BSc Project, EPFL.
(now PhD student at the University of Geneva)
|Lecturer||RoSEC Winter School, Hanyang University, Seoul.|
Guest lecturer for Applied Machine Learning course, class on Hidden Markov Models for graduate students in Microengineering, EPFL (class of 2 hours, 2007 and 2008).
Supervision of Applied Machine Learning lab for graduate students in Microengineering, EPFL, 2006.
Supervision of practical work on human-robot interfaces and image processing during one semester, robotics class of 3 hours per week for graduate students in Microengineering, EPFL, 2004.
Supervision of a half-day workshop on human-robot interfaces for humanoid robots and industrial robots during the international Winter School on Human Robot Interaction (CWSHRI) organized by the COGNIRON European integrated project, Lausanne, Switzerland, January 21-25, 2008.
Supervision of a half-day workshop on human-robot interfaces and vision processing for the international Summer School on Human-Robot Interaction organized by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and the Intl Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR), Volterra, Italy, July 19-23, 2004.
External expert for the exam of the Autonomous Robots course for PhD students, 2007.
French (native), English (fluent), German (good knowledge).
Linux and Windows OS, C/C++, Matlab/Octave, Java, Assembler, PHP, MySQL, OpenGL, CUDA.