Dr. Calinon from IDIAP, Switzerland on "Robot skills acquisition by Human-robot interaction"
In this presentation, I will discuss the design of user-friendly interfaces to transfer natural movements and skills to robots. I will show that human-centric robot applications require a tight integration of learning and control, and that this connexion can be facilitated by the use of probabilistic representations of the skills.
In human-robot collaboration, such representation can take various forms. In particular, movements must be enriched with perception, force and impedance information to anticipate the users' behaviours and generate safe and natural gestures. The developed 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 multiple sources of sensory information and by developing intuitive teaching interfaces.
The proposed approach will be illustrated through a wide range of robotic applications, with robots that are either close to us (robots for collaborative artistic creation, robots for dressing assistance), parts of us (prosthetic hands), or far away from us (robots with bimanual skills in deep water).
Dr Sylvain Calinon is a permanent researcher at the Idiap Research Institute (http://idiap.ch), heading the Robot Learning & Interaction Group. He is also a Lecturer at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (http://epfl.ch) and an External Collaborator at the Department of Advanced Robotics, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT).
From 2009 to 2014, he was a Team Leader at IIT. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Postdoc at EPFL. He holds a PhD from EPFL (2007), awarded by Robotdalen, ABB and EPFL-Press Awards. He is the author of about 80 publications and a book in the field of robot learning by imitation and human-robot interaction, with recognition including Best Paper Award at Ro-Man'2007 and Best Paper Award Finalist at ICIRA'2015, IROS'2013 and Humanoids'2009.
He currently serves in the Organizing Committee of IROS'2016 and as Associate Editor in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, Springer Intelligent Service Robotics, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, and the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems.
Personal webpage: http://calinon.ch
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