I'm Stéphane Caron, a researcher at CNRS interested in multi-contact locomotion for humanoid robots. I'm a member of the IDH team at LIRMM, Montpellier, France, and an alumni from the University of Tokyo (東京大学) where I did my PhD at the Nakamura Lab.
I'm a strong supporter of open access and believe that researchers should always publish their source code. Public research being, well, public, its full output should be made public as well, and that includes source code. Plus, 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 that we need to implement more transparency and set up new digital rights into our societies.
My goal is to make robots walk, anywhere: over bricks, stairs, rubble, uneven outside grounds, 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 stability (for instance to hold a handrail or lean against a wall), etc. That's both exciting and WIP.