Robot Learning and Interaction

The Robot Learning & Interaction group focuses on human-centric robot applications. The objective is to develop probabilistic approaches to encode movements and behaviors in robots evolving in unconstrained environments. In these applications, the models serve several purposes (recognition, prediction, online synthesis), and are shared by different learning strategies (imitation, emulation, incremental refinement or exploration). The aim is to facilitate the transfer of skills from end-users to robots, or in-between robots, by exploiting multimodal sensory information and by developing intuitive teaching interfaces. The developed learning algorithms can be applied to a diverse robotic applications, with robots that are either close to us (assistive robots in I-DRESS), parts of us (prosthetic hands in TACT-HAND), or far away from us (manipulation skills in deep water with DexROV).

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Current Group Members

CALINON, Sylvain
(Researcher)
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KUPCSIK, Andras (Gabor)
(Postdoctoral Researcher)
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JAQUIER, Noémie
(Research Assistant)
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PIGNAT, Emmanuel
(Research Assistant)
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TANWANI, Ajay (Kumar)
(Research Assistant)
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Alumni

  • ABBET, Christian
  • BERIO, Daniel
  • GULJELMOVIC, Nikol
  • TAO, Dominique
  • WÜTSCHERT, Robin

Current Projects

Recent Projects

Group News

Idiap has three new openings: Senior Researcher, Postdoc and Phd position
education — Sep 06, 2017

To strengthen and diversify its growth, the Idiap Research Institute invites applications for a permanent Senior Researcher position in the areas of high-performance computing for AI, visual analytics, or cyber-security and data privacy. The Robot Learning & Interaction Group has also two new open positions, a Postdoc and a phd position within the new MEMMO (Memory of Motion) ICT-H2020 European project.

Idiap has a new opening for 3 PhD positions in perception, robot skill learning and HRI
education — Aug 02, 2017

The Perception and Activity Understanding group (Jean-Marc Odobez, http://www.idiap.ch/~odobez/) and the Robot Learning and Interaction group (Sylvain Calinon, http://calinon.ch) seek 3 PhD candidates for a Swiss NSF funded project aiming to study robot skills acquisition through active learning and social interaction strategies (ROSALIS, see below). The 3 PhD students will collaborate together, with 3 axes of research:

Best Paper Award for the Dr Sylvain Calinon
research — Jul 12, 2017

Dr Sylvain Calinon received the 2017 Best Paper Award of the Intelligent Service Robotics (ISR) journal for his article "A Tutorial on Task-Parameterized Movement Learning and Retrieval".

DexROV holds first official review with European Commission
research — Nov 21, 2016

Nineteen months after the undersea-operations project was launched, DexROV has successfully completed its first funding review as part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.

Canal9 visits the Baxter robot at Idiap
research — Apr 14, 2016

Dr. Sylvain Calinon, head of Idiap’s Robot Learning & Interaction group, receives Romain Boisset, reporter for the Canap9 TV channel. They demonstrate how Idiap’s Baxter robot learns by demonstration.

Idiap's DexROV project featured in RTS's CQFD radio show today
research — Feb 24, 2016

DexROV is a robot of a special kind. This underwater robot is destined to take the place of human divers for tasks in very deep water (up to 1’300 meters under the sea). The Idiap Research Institute in Martigny is in charge of developing the algorithms that will help teleoperating the two arms of this robot.

Idiap Video amongst the 10 finalists of the Rethink Robotics Video Challenge
research — Dec 15, 2015

In the summer of 2015, Rethink Robotics, the worldwide leader in collaborative robotics research and education launched the Rethink Robotics Video Challenge. The Challenge was created to highlight the amazing work being done by the research and education community with the Baxter robot. The Challenge attracted more than 90 total entries from 19 countries around the globe. The video of Dr. Sylvain Calinon’s Robot Learning & Interaction group of the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny was selected amongst the 10 finalists.

New research groups at Idiap
research — Jul 09, 2014

The Idiap Research Institute is proud to announce that 2 new researchers have recently joined the research team. Sylvain Calinon and Michael Liebling will reinforce, complement and develop the Institute’s expertise and competencies in human-robot interaction and computational bioimaging.

Meet Baxter, Idiap’s new robot
research — Sep 04, 2014

Idiap pursues its development with new scientific research groups. Recently, the institute has acquired an American robot worth CHF 30’000.-. This investment opens new perspectives, in particular thanks to the interconnection between the different domains of competencies developed in Martigny.

Une video d’Euronews consacrée aux tests du projet DexROV : « Comment nous bénéficierons de la nouvelle génération intelligente de ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) ? »
research — Jul 18, 2017

L’équipe de DexROV vient juste de compléter 2 semaines de campagne d’intégration et de tests dans le cadre du projet DexROV. Pendant ces travaux, une liaison satellite a été établie entre Bruxelles et Marseille pour permettre la surveillance à longue distance d’un robot sous-marin.