PhD in Cognitive Developmental Robotics
Télécom Bretagne
Informatics Department
Technopôle Brest-Iroise
CS 83818
29238 Brest Cedex 3


Research Interests +

  • Robotic Learning
  • Service Robotics
  • Assisting the Elderly
  • Cognitive Developmental Robotics
  • Intrinsic Motivation
  • Imitation Learning
  • Interactive Learning
  • Active Learning

Short Profile

IMT Associate Professor, Informatics Department, Institut Mines Telecom Atlantique
CNRS member of the IHSEV team of the CNRS laboratory LabSTICC
INRIA PhD in Computer Science with highest honors : active learning based on social guidance and artificial curiosity.
Ecole Polytechnique MSc in Computer Science, Ecole Polytechnique, France.
Osaka University MEng in Adaptative Machine Systems, Osaka University, Japan.

Selected Publications +

Profile Description

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. Currently a post-doc at Queen Mary University of London, with Chrisantha Fernando, I explore how replication of neural structures for feature selection in multi-task learning and task search help life-long learning.

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?

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Last updated on 2016/02/06
Sao Mai Nguyen