Sylvain Calinon

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Sylvain Calinon

Sylvain Calinon

I'm a Researcher at the Idiap Research Institute since May 2014, with research interests covering robot learning and human-robot interaction. I am also an External Collaborator at the Department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR), Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), and a Visiting Researcher at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory (LASA), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). From 2009 to 2014, I was a Team Leader at ADVR-IIT. From 2007 to 2009, I was a Postdoc at LASA-EPFL. I hold a PhD from EPFL (2007), awarded by the Robotdalen Scientific Award, ABB Award and EPFL-Press Distinction. I'm the author of 60 publications and a book in the field of robot learning by imitation and exploration, with recognition including IEEE Ro-Man'2007 Best Paper Award, IEEE-RAS Humanoids'2009 Best Paper Award Finalist and IEEE/RSJ IROS'2013 CoTeSys Best Paper Award Finalist. European Projects I have been involved in include STIFF-FLOP, PANDORA, SAPHARI, AMARSI, ROBOT@CWE, FEELIX GROWING and COGNIRON.

My work focuses on human-centric applications using robotics technologies. I am interested in innovative applications bringing end-users closer to the robots, which solicit tight links between learning, planning and control strategies (e.g., transfer of skills from demonstrations and further self-refinement by stochastic optimization). I take the perspective that the robots' actuation capability must be enriched with haptics information and bidirectional interfaces to anticipate the users' behaviors and generate safe and natural movements in confined spaces. In my research, I explore the use of statistical machine learning and dynamical systems to develop adaptive and compact representations of skills that can be shared by different learning approaches.


Upcoming or recent invited talks

11/2014

Intl Conf. on Ubiquitous Robots and Ambient Intelligence (URAI), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

18/09/2014

Workshop on Compliant Manipulation: Challenges in Learning and Control, IROS'2014, Chicago, USA.

05/06/2014

iCub and friends: a workshop on open source robotics to celebrate the iCub 10th birthday, ICRA'2014, Hong Kong, China.

01/06/2014

Workshop on Soft and Stiffness-Controllable Robots for Minimally Invasive Surgery, ICRA'2014, Hong Kong, China.

20/03/2014

DIBRIS, University of Genova, Italy.

07/03/2014

LIRMM HRP-4 Inaugural Workshop, Montpellier, France.

Latest news and Updates

30/04/2014

Tohid Alizadeh and Davide De Tommaso successfully defended their PhD Theses and obtained the PhD Degree today. Congrats Doctors!

25/04/2014

New paper "A task-parameterized probabilistic model with minimal intervention control" to be presented at ICRA'2014.

25/04/2014

New paper "Null space redundancy learning for a flexible surgical robot" to be presented at ICRA'2014.

25/04/2014

New paper "Learning from demonstrations with partially observable task parameters" to be presented at ICRA'2014.

25/04/2014

New paper "Human-robot skills transfer interfaces for a flexible surgical robot" to be published in Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine.

18/11/2013

Our research was featured in a short video for Bloomberg TV.