Research Interests +
- Robotic Learning
- Service Robotics
- Assisting the Elderly
- Cognitive Developmental Robotics
- Intrinsic Motivation
- Imitation Learning
- Interactive Learning
- Active Learning
|| Associate Professor, Informatics Department, Institut Mines Telecom Atlantique
|| Member of the IHSEV team of the CNRS laboratory Lab-STICC
|| PhD in Computer Science with highest honors : active learning based on social guidance and artificial curiosity.
||MSc in Computer Science, Ecole Polytechnique, France.
||MEng in Adaptative Machine Systems, Osaka University, Japan.
Selected Publications +
- PhD Thesis (2013):
A Curious Robot Learner for Interactive Goal-Babbling : Strategically Choosing What, How, When and from Whom to Learn.
- Sao Mai Nguyen and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (2012),
Active Choice of Teachers, Learning Strategies and Goals for a Socially Guided Intrinsic Motivation Learner,
Paladyn Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 3(3):136–146.
- Sao Mai Nguyen and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (2014),
Socially Guided Intrinsic Motivation for Robot Learning of Motor Skills,
Autonomous Robots,doi:dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10514-013-9339-y, 36(3):273-294.
I completed my PhD in Computer Science at Inria, working with Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, studying how to combine curiosity-driven exploration and socially guided exploration to learn motor skills into an interactive learner.
I hold a master degree in computer science from Ecole Polytechnique and a master degree in adaptive machine systems from Osaka University.
I started research in cognitive developmental robotics in Asada Lab, Japan, focusing on the theory of mind.
Interested in robotics, artificial intelligence and cognitive science, I try to bridge these 3 aspects in my work, and started working in cognitive developmental robotics. I have special interest in linking research of machine learning, robotic embodiment, child development psychology and neuroscience. I also explore possibilities to make robots adapt to their physical and social environments.
This is why I strive to answer the questions: Can a robot learn like a child? How do children learn? How do human beings or other species learn? Can a robot learn through social interaction with humans?
- 2017/11/17: Maxime Devanne will be presenting
Devanne and Nguyen, 2017, Humanoids on Friday 17th November at Humanoids 2017.
- 2017/11/04: Maxime Devanne presented our project KERAAL to Sophie CLUZEL, Secretary of State in charge of People with Disabilities, and Julien DENORMANDIE, secretary of state attached to the Minister of Territorial Cohesion, during the inauguration of the research chair Maintien@Domicile
- 2017/02/06: Telecom Bretagne has changed names to "Institut Mines Telecom Atlantique Bretagne-Pays de la Loire"
- 2016/10/01: I am coordinator of EU-funded KERAAL project which proposes a robot coach for physical rehabilitation
- 2014/10/01: I have moved to Telecom Bretagne, in team IHSEV as an associate professor. I am also researcher at the IHSEV team of the CNRS laboratory LabSTICC The content of this website does not include my research projects there yet.
- 2014/07/28: I added the source code of SGIM for download from the Publications page code.
- 2014/02/02: A new journal article has now been published: Clement Moulin-Frier, Sao Mai Nguyen, and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (2014), Self-organization of early vocal development in infants and machines: The role of intrinsic motivation. Frontiers in Psychology (Cognitive Science), 4(1006).
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