I'm Stéphane Caron, a researcher in humanoid robot locomotion at CNRS. I'm a member of the IDH team at LIRMM, Montpellier, France, and an alumni of the University of Tokyo (東京大学) where I did my PhD at the Nakamura Lab.
Open PhD position
I'm looking for applicants for a PhD in Humanoid Robotics on the topic of Exploring New Contact Modes for Motion Generation and Control of Humanoid Robots. Send me an e-mail* if you are interested.
I'm a strong supporter of open access and believe that researchers should always distribute 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 believe that the next problems we need to solve in our societies are those of transparency and digital rights.
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. These are both exciting and WIP.