I'm Stéphane Caron, a post-doc researcher at LIRMM IDH, CNRS, France, interested in multi-contact motion planning and control for humanoid robots. Before working here, I completed my PhD at the University of Tokyo (東京大学), Japan, where I was a student of the Nakamura Lab. You can reach me at stephane.caron@normalesup.org; I answer all messages encrypted with my GPG key (0x330CB35B).

Open Access

I'm a strong supporter of open access and believe that researchers should always publish their source code. Why? Because the full output of public research should be, well, public; and while research papers are sometimes vague on technical details, code is law. I also like the model of epijournals where the peer-reviewing process is done directly on top of pre-print repositories like arXiv, HAL or Zenodo. On a broader scale, I think in a similar fashion that we need to implement more transparency into our societies and fight for our digital rights.

Multi-contact Locomotion

My research is about multi-contact locomotion for all kinds of robots. The goal is to make robots walk around robustly on uneven terrains: bricks, stairs, rubble, earth, etc. For this purpose, they will need to learn a few tricks compared to what they currently do: using their upper body to balance themselves, make sliding contacts on extra surfaces to increase their stability margin, etc.