Full 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.
Within the Rainbow team, I am in charge of the assistive robotics theme, in order to develop assistive devices to enhance mobility accessibility for people with disabilities. These topics are naturally multidisciplinary, including virtual reality and its application in the field of disability and rehabilitation, and interactions and physical interfaces man-robot. My current work focuses on the multimodal sensor-based servoing, as well as on the integration of adapted multisensorial physical interfaces (haptic, tactile), in order to enrich the sensations perceived by the users of the developed technologies.
Within the framework of the design of robotic devices for mobility aids for disabled people, we designed in particular solutions to assist the navigation of a powered wheelchair by applying a smooth and intuitive correction of the wheelchair’s trajectory. The very fruitful collaboration the rehabilitation center Pôle Saint Hélier (Rennes), and the Réseau Breizh Paralysie Cérébrale allows us to conduct regular clinical trials with patients with disabilities.
In this context, I am holding an academic Chair on Innovations, Disability, Autonomy and Accessibility (IH2A) since September 2020. The objective is to propose the most adapted technological solutions in order to compensate the sensory-motor deficiencies limiting the mobility and the autonomy of the people in the tasks of the daily life and leisure. This chair aims to perpetuate activities on mobility assistance, both from a societal, scientific, and clinical point of view, and is intended to be an effective and innovative mechanism for the deployment of large-scale research.
My current work focuses on multimodal sensor-based servoing , as well as on the conception of multisensory physical interfaces (haptic, tactile…) in order to enrich perception of assistive device users. This work is supported by a strong and long-term 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. I also coordinate with Claudio Paccheriotti the Inria DORNELL Challenge, which is a collaborative effort between research teams at Inria. It aims to design a multimodal, shapeable haptic handle for mobility assistance of people with disabilities.
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, INSA budget of €2 million). I am also involved in the European project H2020 Crowdbot (2018-2021) which deals with robot navigation in a crowd, and the successive PRISME and AMBROUGERIEN projects (AAP PME 2017-2019 / AAP PME 2021-2024) on the prevention of falls in hospitals.
I have supervised 12 theses (defended) and currently supervise 4 doctoral students.
Keywords : robotics, assistive robotics, sensor-based servoing, robotic vision, social navigation, physical HRI, Virtual Reality
Maxime Manzano (2022-…)
Guillaume Vailland, PhD in 2020
Clément Strauss, PhD in 2011
I teach various courses at INSA Rennes (Graduate engineering school), within Computer Science department.