NINA
Humanoïd Robot

Research topics

Several research projects are currently under study:
  1. Immersive teleoperation (project PEPS ACCROS financed by the CNRS and SOMBRERO submitted to the ANR): the basic idea is to give socio-communicative skills to humanoid robots by building statistical models of sensory-motor behavior (scene analysis & interpretation, decision making, action planning & execution) from multimodal traces collected during robot-mediated human-human interactions. Theses traces are collected thanks to the monitor of the immersive remote control (i.e. “beaming”) of the robot by a human pilot, while the robot (here a talking iCub2.0) and co-located users are engaged into situated joined actions.
    By shaping the pilot's perception and action skills by a robotic embodiment, this project offers a unique way to study the social acceptance and usage profiles of robots that have not reach sufficient autonomous reasoning, scene understanding and action planning. Instead of fostering cognitive development by observation and autonomous exploration, we bypass this stage by letting the robot acquire social skills by consuming up the experience of a human tutor.
  2. Multimodal attention and sensory-motor coupling (project AWARE financed by GIPSA & the Rhone-Alpes region): we explore the coordination of speech perception and production, gaze, torso & head movements when the robot is engaged into multi-party conversation. The main focus is here on turn taking management.