Robot Learning & Interaction

The Robot Learning & Interaction group focuses on human-centered robotic applications in which the robots can learn new skills by interacting with the end-users.

From a machine learning perspective, the challenge is to acquire skills from only few demonstrations and interactions, with strong generalization demands. It requires the development of intuitive active learning interfaces to acquire meaningful demonstrations, the development of models that can exploit the structure and geometry of the acquired data in an efficient way, and the development of adaptive control techniques that can exploit the learned task variations and coordination patterns.

The developed models must serve several purposes (recognition, prediction, online synthesis), and be compatible with different learning strategies (imitation, emulation, incremental refinement or exploration). For the reproduction of skills, these models need to be enriched with force and impedance information to enable human-robot collaboration and to generate safe and natural movements.

These models and algorithms can be applied to a wide range of robotic applications, with robots that are either close to us (assistive robots and human-robot collaboration in SMEs), part of us (prosthetic hands and exoskeletons), or far away from us (shared control of remote robots).

Group News

Six papers accepted at IEEE ICRA 2021
research — last modified Mar 05, 2021

The Robot Learning & Interaction group will be presenting a total of six papers at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2021.

Robots and humans collaborate to play music together
research — Jan 22, 2020

Collaborative robots are the perfect tool to link art and science. Thanks to his visit at Idiap, a researcher from Goldsmiths University of London used this approach to demonstrate the concept with a piano.

"Deep neural networks remain for the most part black boxes"
research — May 08, 2019

Artificial deep neural networks are a powerful tool, able to extract information from large datasets and, using this acquired knowledge, make accurate predictions on previously unseen data. Due to the very large number of parameters required, they are also particularly difficult to understand.

Group Job Openings

Several Openings for Cross-Disciplinary Senior Researcher positions by admin — last modified Mar 01, 2021
With the growth of the institute, in addition to increased Federal funding to further support its activities, Idiap is opening several additional permanent senior research scientist positions.

Current Group Members

CALINON, Sylvain
(Senior Researcher)
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SILVERIO, João (Pedro Lourenço)
(Postdoctoral Researcher)
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SOUSA EWERTON, Marco (Antonio)
(Postdoctoral Researcher)
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RACCA, Mattia
(Postdoctoral Researcher)
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SHETTY, Suhan (N.)
(Research Assistant)
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JANKOWSKI, Julius
(Research Assistant)
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LEMBONO, Teguh (Santoso)
(Research Assistant)
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KULAK, Thibaut
(Research Assistant)
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GIRGIN, Hakan
(Research Assistant)
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LÖW, Tobias
(Research Assistant)
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RAZMJOO FARD, Amirreza
(Research Assistant)
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HONOREZ, Valentin
(Master Student)
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THOO, Yong Joon
(Research Intern)
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NOBAR, Mahdi
(Research Intern)
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BRUDERMÜLLER, Lara
(Research Intern)
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TI, Boyang
(Research Intern)
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Alumni

  • ABBET, Christian
  • BERIO, Daniel
  • BOURGEOIS, Dylan
  • GAO, Xiao
  • GULJELMOVIC, Nikol
  • HAVOUTIS, Ioannis
  • JAQUIER, Noémie
  • KUPCSIK, Andras (Gabor)
  • LOKIETKO, Jaroslaw
  • MA, Wei
  • PAOLILLO, Antonio
  • PIGNAT, Emmanuel
  • STANDAERT, Florian
  • SUOMALAINEN, Markku (Heikki)
  • TANWANI, Ajay (Kumar)
  • TAO, Dominique
  • TROUSSARD, Martin
  • VAES, Clément
  • WÜTSCHERT, Robin

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