I'm Stéphane Caron, a post-doc researcher interested in multi-contact locomotion for humanoid robots. I'm a member of the IDH team at LIRMM-CNRS, Montpellier, France, and an alumni from the University of Tokyo (東京大学) where I did my PhD in the Nakamura Lab.
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 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.