ISI4NAVE is an Associate Team between INRIA project-team Rainbow (Rennes), Aspire CREATe (UCL – London), Rehabilitation Center of Pôle Saint Hélier (Rennes) and LGCGM lab, funded from 2016 to 2021.

ISI4NAVE team members

Inria – Rainbow team

Dr Marie Babel (Coordinator)

Senior Lecturer (Hab.) at Institut National des Sciences Appliquées – INSA / Inria Rainbow Team

Her research works tackle robotic vision issues, and more particularly assistive robotics. She coordinates the work of Rainbow team in several collaborative projects (Interreg VA ADAPT project, AAP PME PRISME) and she participates in the H2020 Crowdbot project. She proposed semi-autonomous navigation solution of a robotized wheelchair. Current research works deal with multimodal sensor based servoing, physical Human-Robot Interactions (pHRI) as well as social navigation. She was the leader of the former ISI4NAVE associated team.

Dr Claudio Paccheriotti

CNRS CRCN Researcher (permanent contract) at Inria Rainbow team –

His current research interests include medical robotics, computer-assisted systems in the medical, surgical and assistance fields, and, most specifically, the control of medical robots by visual servoing using ultrasound images. He was the leader of the ANR Contint USComp project (2008-2012).

Dr Louise Devigne

Post-doc position at Inria RainbowTeam (November 2018- October 2020)

Louise has defended her PhD thesis on December 6th 2018 related to the evaluation of a robotized wheelchair as a tool for rehabilitation purposes. Her work tackles assistive robotics, physical HRI and clinical trials.

Dr François Pasteau

Research engineer at Inria RainbowTeam (July 2018 – Jan. 2021)

He previously worked as a research engineer at a Ergovie (a SME in the fields assistive devices for mobility) working on the development of innovative new assistive devices. His fields of research deal with assistive robotics, mechatronics and electronics.

University College of London

Dr Tom Carlson

Senior Lecturer at the Aspire CREATe (Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology), UCL, UK.

Tom is the director of UCL’s new MSc in Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies. His research focus is on the user-centred design of assistive robotic technologies for people with spinal cord injuries. In particular he is developing shared control techniques for operating devices such as wheelchairs, with novel interfaces, e.g. brain-machine interfaces and eye-trackers, as well as multimodal feedback. His projects include the Interreg VA ADAPT project and the H2020 Crowdbot project.

Dr Catherine Holloway

Senior Lecturer – Department of Computer Science within the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences, University College London, UK

As co-founder and Academic Director, Catherine leads the GDI Hub Academic Research Centre for UCL. Catherine is also Associate Professor at the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) in the Department of Computer Science leading research on disability innovations technologies. She was the former coordinator of the PAMELA facility, with which she maintains strong links.

Dr Catalin Stefan Teodorescu

Research Associate – Post-doc position (May 2018 – April 2021) at the Aspire CREATe, UCL, working on the ADAPT project.Stefan’s research works deal with ensuring safe ride for impaired patients using electric wheelchair: instrumentation, programming and shared control.

Dr Bonolo Mathibela

Research Associate – Post-doc position (July 2018 – June 2021) at the Aspire CREATe, UCL, working on the CROWDBOT project. Bonolo’s work deals with safe wheelchair navigation in crowded environments. She is working with a range of sensors, including RGB-D and LIDAR to develop effect shared control algorithms ins complex dynamic scenarios.

Ms Bingqing (Pat) Zhang

PhD student (Autumn 2018 – Autumn 2021) at UCLIC, UCL, working on the CROWDBOT project. Pat will be joining us in Autumn 2018 to begin her PhD that will be investigating crowd-wheelchair-user interactions. These interactions are not yet well understood, especially when shared control is active and will play an important part in bringing such control schemas into the real world. She will be coordinating experiments at the PAMELA facility and later on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


Rehabilitation Center – Pôle Saint Hélier

Dr Philippe Gallien

Medical Doctor (Hab) in Physical medicine and Rehabilitation Center of Pôle Saint Hélier and Institut des Neurosciences Cliniques de Rennes, France

Philippe is a neurological disease specialist and in particular care for handicapped people. He contributed to related several national and international research projects. He was previously the head of the Physical medicine and rehabilitation Department of Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rennes (France).

Bastien Fraudet

Physiotherapist (permanent position) – Living Lab ISAR Rennes

Bastien is the coordinator of the Living Lab ISAR which aims to accompany the development of assistive technologies related to rehabilitation through usage evaluations and clinical trials.



Sylvain Guégan

Associate professor at INSA Rennes / LGCGM

His research deals with design, modelling and dynamic identification of multi-body mechatronic systems and their control. His current works focuses on improving the driving of electric wheelchairs by studying their design and dynamic behaviour. He is also interested in the mechatronics design of haptic devices like force feedback joysticks.

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