Sylvain Calinon

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Curriculum Vitae - CV

Curriculum Vitae - CV

Updated May 4th 2012


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

Updated 02/05/2012

  Dr Sylvain Calinon,
  Department of Advanced Robotics,
  Italian Institute of Technology (IIT),
  Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova, Italy.

Born January 12, 1980, Yverdon, Switzerland.
Swiss and French citizen. Single.





  (Office) +39 010 717 81 755
  (Mobile Switzerland) +41 76 368 16 64
  (Mobile Italy) +39 333 611 03 74
  sylvain.calinoniit.it


Positions / Experience

April 2009-now

Team leader of the Learning and Interaction Group at the Department of Advanced Robotics leaded by Prof. Darwin Caldwell, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova, Italy.

2007-2009

Postdoctoral fellow at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory (LASA) leaded by Prof. Aude Billard, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) , Switzerland.

March 2008

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).

April 2005

Visiting research fellow at the Adaptive Systems Research Group leaded by Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn and Prof. Chrystopher Nehaniv, University of Hertfordshire (UH), Hatfield, UK (2 weeks).

Sept. 2003

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).

Oct. 2002

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).



Education

2003-2007

PhD in robot programming by demonstration at the LASA Laboratory, EPFL.
"Continuous Extraction of Task Constraints in a Robot Programming by Demonstration Framework"

Supervisor: Prof. Aude Billard.
Committee: Prof. Hannes Bleuler, EPFL,
Prof. Herve Bourlard, IDIAP Research Institute,
Dr Yiannis Demiris, Imperial College London (ICL), UK,
Prof. Stefan Schaal, University of Southern California (USC), USA.
Awards: Robotdalen Scientific Award,   Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) Award,   EPFL-Press distinction.
Oral exam: May 1st, 2007. Public presentation: July 6th, 2007.
2001-2003

MSc in Microengineering, specialization in robotics, EPFL, Switzerland. MSc thesis on human-robot interfaces at the Autonomous Systems Laboratory (ASL), EPFL.
"PDA Interface for Humanoid Robots using Speech and Vision Processing"

Supervisor: Prof. Aude Billard.
Committee: Prof. Jean-Daniel Nicoud, DIDEL S.A., EPFL.
Oral exam:March 1st, 2003.
1998-2001

BSc in Microengineering. EPFL, Switzerland.



Awards

2009

Best paper award finalist of the IEEE-RAS Intl Conf. on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), Paris, France.

2008

Robotdalen Scientific Award for best PhD thesis (See the press release here).

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.
2008

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.
2008

EPFL-Press distinction for PhD Thesis.

2008

First prize for the LASA Team in the Grand Challenge on Human-Robot Interaction at the Intl Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'2008).

2007

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".



Invited talks

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.


Publications

The complete list of my publications is in the publications page.

Publications highlights

* Source: Google Scholar, 2012.
** Source: Elsevier, 2009.



Grant activities / Projects

Transfer of technology

2011 Commissioned service of technology for the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan
(development of a portraitist robot software for interactive showcasing of an industrial robot)

European Projects (proposal writing, participation)

2012-2015 STIFF-FLOP (STIFFness controllable Flexible and Learn-able Manipulator for surgical OPerations)
(IP FP7-ICT-287728, affiliated with ADVR-IIT)
2012-2014 PANDORA (Persistent Autonomy through learNing, aDaptation, Observation and Re-plAnning)
(STREP FP7-ICT-288273, affiliated with ADVR-IIT)

European Projects (participation)

2011-2015 SAPHARI (Safe and Autonomous Physical Human-Aware Robot Interaction)
(IP FP7-ICT-287513, affiliated with ADVR-IIT)
2010-2014 AMARSI (Adaptive Modular Architectures for Rich Motor Skills)
(IP FP7-ICT-248311, affiliated with ADVR-IIT)
2007-2009 ROBOT@CWE (Advanced robotic systems in future collaborative working environments)
(STREP FP6-34002, affiliated with LASA-EPFL)
2006-2010 FEELIX GROWING (Feel, interact, express: a global approach to development with interdisciplinary grounding)
(IP FP6-IST-045169, affiliated with LASA-EPFL)
2004-2007 COGNIRON (The Cognitive Robot Companion)
(IP FP6-IST-002020, affiliated with LASA-EPFL)



Committees / Editorships / Memberships

2012 Co-organizer of the Workshop on Learning and Interaction in Haptic Robots at the IEEE/RSJ Intl Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).
2012 Program Committee of the AAAI 2012 Symposium on Robots Learning Interactively from Human Teachers.
2011-2012 Steering Committee of the ACM/IEEE Intl conferences on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).
2012 Associate Editor of the IEEE/RSJ Intl Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).
2012 Financial Chair for the ACM/IEEE Intl Conf. on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Boston, MA, USA.
2011 Financial Chair for the ACM/IEEE Intl Conf. on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Lausanne, Switzerland.
2011-2012 Program Committee of the Robotics: Science and Systems Conferences (RSS).
2010-now Member of the European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics (EUCog).
2010 Coordinator of the Robotics Area for Campus Party Europe, represented by the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation, Madrid, Spain.
2009 Examiner of Diego Pardo's PhD thesis, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain.
2009 Program Committee of the IEEE Intl Symp. on Computational Intelligence in Robotics and Automation (CIRA), Daejeon, Korea.
2009-2010 Program Committee of the Intl Symposiums on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction.
2008-now Technical Committee on Robot Learning, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).
2008 Member of FIBRS Student/Chair Mentorship Program.


Leadership / Supervision

CURRENT


Postdoctoral fellow
2012-now Dr Danilo Bruno, ADVR-IIT.

PhD students
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.

MSc student
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


Postdoctoral fellow
2009-2011 Dr Petar Kormushev, ADVR-IIT (now Team Leader at ADVR-IIT).

MSc students
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)

BSc students
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)


Teaching activities

Lecturer RoSEC Winter School, Hanyang University, Seoul.
Teaching associate

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.

Teaching assistant

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.

Expertise

External expert for the exam of the Autonomous Robots course for PhD students, 2007.



Other skills

Languages

French (native),   English (fluent),   German (good knowledge).

Robots

WAM (Barrett Technology Inc.),   Kuka/DLR Lightweight Arm,   iCub humanoid robot,   HOAP-2, HOAP-3 (Fujitsu),   Katana (Neuronics),   DB (Sarcos),   HRP-2 (Kawada Ind., General Robotix),   Robota (Didel).

Computers

Linux and Windows OS, C/C++, Matlab/Octave, Java, Assembler, PHP, MySQL, OpenGL, CUDA.