I am a postdoctoral student in the Cognitive NeuroRobotics Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology with Jun Tani, since January 2018. My work focuses on developmental processes in robots. The goal is to further approach open-ended, cumulative, lifelong learning in robots.
This postdoc follows a previous one in the Mnemosyne team at Inria and at the Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bordeaux, France, with Nicolas Rougier. I did my my PhD in developmental robotics with Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, where I focused my research on issues of exploration, learning and behavioral diversity.
I am the author of the reproducible library.
My research investigates developmental processes in robots. Much of the research efforts in machine learning and robotics are currently conducted toward developing learning algorithms to improve performance at specific tasks. This does not solve the problem of open-ended lifelong learning, where a robot would be expected to discover and learn diverse knowledge and skills through autonomous and social learning in the real world, at lifelong timescales. Such a learning process would require, among other things, developmental processes embedded into the robot itself to guide its discovery of a complex world, much like the one that are at play in infants and children.
I am committed to produce open and reproducible science. All my publications are freely available and come along with their code, released under the Open Science License. I am involved in several replication efforts and I am a reviewer at the ReScience journal.
The Recode project aims at reimplementing experiments described in published scientific articles. Besides replicating published results, those implementations strive to be as short, as simple and as understandable as possible, so that all the code can be shown alongside the explanations.
To put some small pressure, at my tiny scale, on the whole publication system, I will not review computational works that do not commit to publish their code at publication (and if they provide the code for the review, it’s a big plus). I will not review journal papers that are not open access.