Associate professor, Hab.
Assistant professor in Institut National des Sciences Appliquées – INSA since 2006, I received a Ph.D. degree in image processing in 2005 within the IETR lab. I then joined the Rainbow (ex Lagadic) team within IRISA / Inria laboratory in November 2011 and have defended an habilitation thesis in Signal Processing in June 2012.
My research focuses on assistive robotics, in line with Inria Project Labs PAL (Personnally Assited Living). In December 2011, I obtained fundings for two projects (APASH – Images et Réseaux cluster, HandiViz – SATT Ouest Valorisation). The objective was to develop solutions to assist the navigation of an powered wheelchair by applying a smooth and intuitive correction of the wheelchair’s trajectory. The very fruitful collaboration with Ergovie, the rehabilitation center Pôle Saint Hélier (Rennes), and the Réseau Breizh Paralysie Cérébrale allows us to test the solution with patients with disabilities. The proposed technology, directly compatible with standard electric wheelchairs, and has been the subject of a technology transfer (SATT/INSA funding).
My current work focuses on multimodal sensor servo-control referenced, as well as on the integration of haptic interfaces with force feedback in order to obtain intuitive control of the chair. This work is supported by a strong collaboration with Tom Carlson and Catherine Holloway (University College of London, Aspire CREATe team) as part of an associated ISI4NAVE (Inria International Program) team, for which I am the lead. In addition, my research work tackles social navigation.
As part of the European Interreg VA France (Channel) England ADAPT project (2017-2021), I am responsible for the work module dedicated to the design of a virtual reality wheelchair simulator and scientific manager on behalf of INSA for work related to the design of a connected and intelligent wheelchair (14 people involved, budget of €1.6 million). I am also involved in the European project H2020 Crowdbot (2018-2021) which deals with robot navigation in a crowd, and the PRISME project (AAP PME 2017-2018) on the prevention of falls in hospitals. I have supervised 8 theses (defended) and currently supervise 4 doctoral students.
Keywords : robotics, assistive robotics, sensor-based servoing, robotic vision, social navigation, physical HRI
Clément Strauss, PhD in 2011
I teach various courses at INSA Rennes (Graduate engineering school), within Computer Science department.