I am a postdoctoral researcher in the RobotLearn Team (headead by Xavier Alameda-Pineda) at Inria Grenoble, France.
In the team, I am leading the "Learning Robot  Behavior" work package of the European H2020 SPRING project (Socially Pertinent Robots in Gerontological Healthcare) where we investigate Deep Reinforcement Learning methods and their application to robotics.

My research interests are Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Cognitive Science. My main focus is learning mechanisms. I am fascinated by the impressive learning abilities of humans and animals. We are able to adapt efficiently to new and diverse environments and tasks. I want to develop learning algorithms, which allow artificial systems such as robots to have similar learning abilities. I believe one way of achieving this goal is to use the principles behind the learning mechanisms of our brains.

Here is a list of research fields in which I am active:

My research page lists some of my ongoing and completed research projects.

A chronological list of papers and other documents is on my publications page.


SoRAIM Winter School for Social Robotics: We are organizing a winter school for social robotics for February 19th-23rd, 2024 in Grenoble, France.
Find more information here: https://spring-h2020.eu/soraim/

September 2023: Paper "Variational Meta Reinforcement Learning for Social Robotics" by Anand Ballou, Xavier Alameda-Pineda, and Chris Reinke in Applied Intelligence

June 2023: Basavasagar Patil presented our work on a brain-inspired deep neural layer for low-dimensional inputs at the Symposium on Biology of Decision Making (SBDM) in Paris

May 2023: Paper "Successor Feature Representations" in Transactions on Machine Learning Research with Xavier Alameda-Pineda. I presented it at the ICLR 2023 workshop on Reincarnate Reinforcement Learning as a poster.

March 2023:  Organized RL@Alpes, a Reinforcement Learning symposium for researchers of the larger Grenoble area. More Info: https://team.inria.fr/robotlearn/rl-alpes-2023/ 

January 2022: Started my position as leader of the "Learning Robot Behavior" work package for the European H2020 SPRING project.

December 2021: Paper "Successor Feature Neural Episodic Control" by David Emukpere, Xavier Alameda-Pineda, and Chris Reinke at the 5th Workshop on Meta-Learning at NeurIPS 2021 

April 2020: Oral presentation at ICLR 2020 about Intrinsically Motivated Exploration for Automated Discovery. My paper with Mayalen Etcheverry and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer about an intrinsically motivated exploration process for the discovery of self-organizing patterns in a cellular automaton was published at ICLR. More information on our project website and our blog post.