Research Interests +
|Associate Professor, Informatics Department, Institut Mines Telecom Atlantique|
|member of the IHSEV team of the CNRS laboratory LabSTICC|
|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. 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?
- 2017/02/06: Telecom Bretagne haa changed names to "Institut Mines Telecom Atlantique Bretagne-Pays de la Loire"
- 2016/10/01: EU-funded KERAAL project has started to propose 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).