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Prof. Aude Billard



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  • My research interests span the control and design of robotic systems meant to interact with humans. To this goal, I pursue research in three complementary areas: a) the development of control systems for teaching robots through human demonstration; b) the study of the neural and cognitive processes underpinning imitation learning in humans; c) the design of user-friendly human-computer interfaces to facilitate human-robot interaction. Additionally, I conduct research on societal aspects of the use of robotics with application to diagnosis and therapy of children with autism. My competences are in robot control, signal processing and machine learning. These are fundamental to the research I pursue and the core elements of my teaching.




    • (2011)Founding Member, Member, Administrative Board, Pomelo SARL
    • (2000)Founding Member, Member, Administrative Board, DIDEL SA
    • Adjunct Faculty, Computer Science Department, University of Southern California
    • Fellow, Computer Science Department, University of Hertfordshire


        • (2106)Nominated as Member of SATW, Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences
        • (2016) Nominated for Outstanding Women in Academics, SNSF, AcademiaNet
        • (2016) Best Student Paper Award, RSS
        • (2016) Plenary Speaker; Distinguished Lecturer, King’s College, London, UK
        • (2016) Member of the Sounding Board; Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany
        • (2016) Plenary Speaker; 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Christchurch, NZ
        • (2015)Plenary Speaker ; IEEE International Conference on Humanoids, Seoul, Korea, November
        • (2015)Industry Forum Chair , IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Committee
        • (2015-present) Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions in Robotics
        • (2013-present) Member of Advisory Board , Ecole des Mines & Telecommunication, Paris
        • (2013-present) President (elected) of the EPFL Teaching Body Assembly
        • (2013-present) Associate Editor of the International Journal of Social Robotics
        • (2015) King-Sun Fu Best Transactions Paper Award , IEEE & Robotics and Automation Society
        • (2014) Plenary Speaker ; IEEE-RAS International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Karlsruhe
        • (2013-2014) Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions in Robotics
        • (2013) Best reviewer award for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
        • (2012) Best Cognitive Robotics Paper Award , Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
        • (2011) JTSC Novel Technology Best Paper Award , IEEE Int. Conf. Intelligent & Robotics Systems (IROS)
        • (2011) Nominated for Best Paper Award , Neural Information Processing Symposium
        • (2013-now) Elected President of the EPFL Teachers' Council
        • (2006-2008, 2009-2011, 2015) Elected Member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
        • (2006-2008) Elected President of the EPFL School Assembly (EPFL Senate)
        • (2007) Nominated for Best Paper Award , IEEE Int. Conf. on Humanoid Robots
        • (2006) Co-General chair IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids 2006)
        • (2005) Plenary Speaker ; IEEE Symposium on Human-Robot Interactive Communication (ROMAN), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN USA
        • (2004) Best Paper Award , Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology (CWUATT)
        • (2003)The Outstanding Young Person in Science and Innovation, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Switzerland
        • (2002) SNF Professeur Boursier, Career Award from Swiss National Science Foundation
        • (2001) Innovative Teaching Grant , Intel Corporation
        • (1999) Fellowship, Medicus Foundation, New York, USA
        • (1996-97) Scholarship,Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland

        • See also the list of awards to the lab on the lab's news

      • 6.8.1971: Born in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mother of three lovely little girls.

Last update: 11/03/08