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Overall Objectives
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Section: Overall Objectives

Highlights of the year

The Acroban humanoid robot, which building was lead by Olivier Ly, was presented at SIGGRAPH'2010 in Los Angeles, US, as a live demonstration in the Emergent Technologies section. This demonstration, showing new capabilites in terms of dynamic locomotion as well as robust and intuitive human-robot physical interaction, attracted a lot of interest both by the scientific/technological audience and by the general public on the web. Several invitations to give presentations in seminars, conferences and science museums followed. A dedicated web page with videos is available at: .

The FLOWERS team conducted a large-scale real world experiment on human-robot social interaction in Cap Science museum in Bordeaux, France. This involved live running of the robots, interacting with visitors, for more than 25 days. This allowed both to collect stimulating scientific results and to communicate our research to the general public.

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer and Olivier Ly were invited researchers at IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette, France, for one week by Mikhail Gromov.

Adrien Baranes and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer introduced a model of competence-based intrinsic motivation coupled with maturational constraints, allowing efficient acquisition of novel skills through the use of parameterized motor primitives.

Manuel Lopes and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer guest edited a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development on active learning and intrinsically motivated exploration in robots.

The ERC starting grant EXPLORERS project began.

FLOWERS was part of an accepted ANR project (MACSi), leaded by University Paris VI/ISIR, which will start in 2011.


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