Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

International Initiatives

Inria Associate Teams Not Involved in an Inria International Labs

  • Title: NeuroCuriosity

  • International Partner (Institution - Laboratory - Researcher):

    • Columbia Neuroscience (United States) - Cognitive Neuroscience - JACQUELINE GOTTLIEB

  • Start year: 2016

  • See also: https://flowers.inria.fr/neurocuriosity

  • Curiosity can be understood as a family of mechanisms that evolved to allow agents to maximize their knowledge of the useful properties of the world. In this project we will study how different internal drives of an animal, e.g. for novelty, for action, for liking, are combined to generate the rich variety of behaviors found in nature. We will approach such challenge by studying monkeys, children and by developing new computational tools.

Idex Bordeaux-Univ. Waterloo collaborative project on curiosity in HCI
  • Title: Curiosity

  • International Partner (Institution - Laboratory - Researcher):

    • University of Waterloo (Canada), Edith Law's HCI Lab and Dana Kulic's Robotics lab.

  • Start year: 2018

  • Pierre-Yves Oudeyer collaborated with Edith Law's HCI research group at University of Waterloo on the topic of "Curiosity in HCI system". They obtained a grant from Univ. Bordeaux to set up a project with Inria Potioc team and with Dana Kulic, Robotics lab, Univ. Waterloo. They organized several cross visits and collaborated on the design and experimentation of an educational interactive robotic system to foster curiosity-driven learning. This led to an article accepted at CHI 2019.

Informal International Partners

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer and Didier Roy have create a collaboration with LSRO EPFL and Pr Francesco Mondada, about Robotics and education. The two teams co-organize the annual conference "Robotics and Education"in Bordeaux. Didier Roy teaches "Robotics and Education" in EPFL several times a year.

Didier Roy has created a collaboration with HEP VAud (Teachers High School) and Bernard Baumberger and Morgane Chevalier, about Robotics and education. Scientific discussions and shared professional training.

Florian Golemo and PY Oudeyer have had an active collaboration with Aaron Courville from MILA Montreal to work on the IGLU project together.

William Schueller and PY Oudeyer continued to collaborate with Vittorio Loreto (CNR Rome and Sony CSL Paris).

A collaboration with Johan Lilius and Sebastien Lafond from Abo Akademi University, Turku (Finland) is ongoing to sign an Erasmus contract for researchers and students visits on the topic of autonomous boats.

Funding applications have been submitted jointly with Davide Maltoni and Vincenzo Lomonaco from University of Bologna (Italy) on the topic of continual learning. Also the project https://www.continualai.org/ is being further developed jointly and on the way to become a non-profit organization.

Participation in Other International Programs

David Filliat participates in the ITEA3 DANGUN project with Renault S.A.S. in france and partners in Korea. The purpose of the DANGUN project is to develop a Traffic Jam Pilot function with autonomous capabilities using low-cost automotive components operating in France and Korea. By incorporating low-cost advanced sensors and simplifying the vehicle designs as well as testing in different scenarios (France & Korea), a solution that is the result of technical cooperation between both countries should lead to more affordable propositions to respond to client needs in the fast moving market of intelligent mobility.