Stéphane Lallée

Describe yourself: Who you are and what you're doing?
I'm Stéphane Lallée, I got my PhD in human-robot interaction in the spring 2012 in Lyon and I'm now working as a post-doc in the Synthetic Perceptive Cognitive and Emotive Systems (SPECS).
I've worked with several robots including the iCub and the Nao within the context of european projects and of the robocup@home competition (actually participating in this competition with an early version of Nao was quite a challenge ^^).

I'm now working on synthetising the sense of Self in a machine, mainly through contingency extraction between the various sensorimotor modalities available (iCub posses proprioception, tactile sensing, vision and force sensing). The goal is to allow the robot to extract regularities in the sensory space to allow him to create mental representations of concepts, including objects, others agents and himself.

How did your interest in robots / robotics start?
By reading the Asimov legacy, by being immersed in a Matrix / Ghost in the Shell / Deus Ex soup... All those fictions that sounds now like a blueprint of the future.

What kind of actions needs to be done in the community to increase the interest and the awareness of robots / robotics?
Nothing... People will have to accept robots coming in their lives and their bodies. It has been one of the oldest dreams of mankind and its about to become true: people are interested, the idea of a synthetic mind always unleash strong debates, even among people who do not care at all about science or nerdy stuff.

If you have any closing remarks or comments about robots / robotics, then go ahead.
A lot of people believe that human mind hold "something special that robots will never have". I would like to advise them to sharpen their arguments because sooner or later I'm quite sure it is robots that will hold plenty of things that humans will never have... ;-)

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Stephane Lallee

Stéphane Lallée is a PhD in human-robot interaction: He graduated in the spring 2012 in Lyon and now he's working as a post-doc in the Synthetic Perceptive Cognitive and Emotive Systems (SPECS).