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Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Research Scientist


Can a robot learn new skills in a world that it had no knowledge of at the beginning? Can its cognitive abilities progress without the intervention of an engineer? How can it discover its own body and learn to use it in order to act on its environment? Lastly, can a robot learn from social interactions with humans? These questions are at the heart of research work carried out by Pierre-Yves Oudeyer and his team.

Can a robot learn in the same way as a child?

Their scientific approach consists of drawing on the mechanisms of development and learning in human children, and in particular implementing models from the fields of psychology and neurosciences in robots. For example, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer has developed a system of artificial curiosity and learning that enables a robot to take an interest in new things by itself and thus acquire knowledge. The benefit of these experiments is that they can often be used to test developmental psychology theories or even propose new hypotheses on child development.