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 Lab-STICC
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.

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 2017/11/15
Sao Mai Nguyen