Biography

Aurélie CLODIC
aurelie.clodic@laas.fr ; +33 (0) 5 61 33 79 11
LAAS-CNRS, 7 avenue du colonel Roche, BP54200, 31031 Toulouse Cedex 4, France


I am a research engineer at LAAS-CNRS (Toulouse, France) since 2012 with a permanent position from 06/2014. I received my PhD in robotics in 2007 for which I elaborateddesigned and implemented components for human-robot joint activity in several contexts (e.g.: robot guide in a museum, robotic assistant in the framework of the COGNIRON project). In 2018, I obtained an additional bachelor’s degree bachelor in psychology. My research interests include human-robot collaborative task achievement as well as robotics architecture design (focused on high-level decision-making and execution monitoring) dedicated to Human Robot Interaction.
I recently came back to research 6 years ago after 4 years working in industry. I began to work for the SAPHARI FP7 project as well as the MarDi project mostly on the supervision part and the situation assessment part. Then I was involved in the RoboErgoSum project. I worked on a proof of concept to mix traditional task planning approach with learning. The idea was, considering it is impossible for reinforcement learning algorithms to learn from scratch in a human-robot collaboration context, to use a traditional planner (hatp) as a bootstrap for reinforcement learning algorithms. I also worked on a way to manage interaction smoothly in a joint action context.
I am working now on the MuMMER project (H2020-688147) on the design and development of an entertainment robot in a Mall in Finland. At the moment, we are mostly working on a route description task and situation assesment. I am also working with other colleagues on the way collective intelligence could be modeled to enable long term interaction as well as related ethical issues.
For the last years, i’ve worked on building relationships with other disciplines such as philosophy as well as psychology in Toulouse. Now, we have 1 PhD in psychology working at the RIS team and 2 Master Students in psychology. With Rachid Alami, I have setup, and now I manage the JointAction4HRI project where with developmental psychologists and philosophers we are working on the design of a robot architecture for joint action.
I am the principal investigator of the “Toward a Framework for Joint Action” workshop series (fja.sciencesconf.org). It is interesting to observe, from a roboticist’s point of view, that human-human joint action is a topic of intense research in cognitive psychology and philosophy. This observation led us to implement a multi-disciplinary initiative to create a unique opportunity for scientific exchange through a series of workshops called "toward a Framework for Joint Action" (fja.sciencesconf.org). Psychologists and philosophers can present recent developments in joint action research, while roboticists are able to discuss the challenges they face with regard to human-robot interaction and more precisely human-robot joint activity.

Workshop
Main organizer of the « toward a framework for Joint Action » workshop series fja.sciencesconf.org where roboticists, philosophers and psychologists meet and talk together (7 workshops organized within conferences (Robotics Science and Systems (RSS18), Joint Action Meeting (JAM17), Robo-Philosophy (’16), RO-MAN (’14 and ’16), International Conference on Social Robotics (’15), Human-Robot Interaction (’15) and 2 special sessions (hrja.sciencesconf.org, hrja2018.sciencesconf.org))

Talk
Invited Keynote at Artificial Intelligence and Human-Robot Interaction AAAI Fall Symposium 2015
Invited Speaker at Trust in Robots Lecture Series, Vienna, 21 December 2018
Invited Speaker at HUMAINT Winter school on AI and its ethical, legal, social and economic (ELSE) impact, 4-8 February 2019
Invited Speaker Workshop on Robotics, AI, and Humanity: Science, Ethics, and Policy” organized jointly by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS), Casina Pio IV, Vatican City, 16-17 May 2019

Lecture
« introduction to HRI », ISAE Supaéro - Toulouse (2016, 2017, 2018)
« introduction to HRI », Human-Machine Interface (IHM) Master, Toulouse (2017, 2019)

Education

Bachelor in Psychology (spec. social psychology) — Paris 8 University - 2018
PhD in Robotics - Toulouse university - 2007
Master Image Processing, Vision, Robotics - National Polytechnical Institute Grenoble - 2002

Current position
Research Engineer in robotics (spec. Human-robot interaction) — LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse (FRANCE) — 2012-PRESENT

Experience

  • Project Manager  — AtoS, Toulouse (France) - 2011-2012
    • Multi-projects team management. Projects supervision and follow-up . Elaboration of proposals. Handling customer/supplier relationship. Carried out reporting to the executive committee. Responsible for contract, planning, invoicing, delivery, risks and costs.
    • Requirement Engineering in automotive (Continental) and spatial (CNES) domain
  • Embedded software engineer - ATOS, Toulouse (FRance) — 2008-2011
    • Air Traffic Control (ATC) project, A350, A380, A400M Airbus programs
    • Work in accordance with DO-178B, Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification (Level C) in all parts of the V-model
  • PhD Student — LAAS-CNRS, TOULOUSE (FRANCE) - 2002-2008
    • Supervision for interactive robots: Action and Interaction for autonomous robot in human environments
    • Supervisors: Rachid Alami, Raja Chatila, LAAS CNRS, Toulouse (France)
    • Abstract: Human-Robot collaborative task achievement requires specific task supervision and execution. In order to close the loop with their human partners robots must maintain an interaction stream in order to communicate their own intentions and beliefs and to monitor the activity of their human partner. In this work we introduce SHARY, a supervisor dedicated to collaborative task achievement in the human-robot interaction context. The system deals on the one hand with task refinement and on the other hand with communications needed in the human-robot interaction context. To this end, each task is defined at a communication level and at an execution level. This system has been developed on the robot Rackham for a tour- guide demonstration and has then been used on the robot Jido for a task of “fetch and carry”.