The Idiap Research Institute is an independent, nonprofit, research foundation affiliated with Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Its activities encompass basic research and development in the areas of multimedia information management, perceptual and cognitive systems, social media, biometric person recognition, multimodal information interfaces, and large scale machine learning. The Robot Learning and Interaction (RLI) group focuses on human-centric robot applications, with the objective of developing probabilistic approaches to encode movements and behaviors for robots evolving in unconstrained human environments. In these applications, the models serve several purposes (recognition, prediction, online synthesis), and are shared by different learning strategies (imitation, exploration or incremental refinement). The aim is to facilitate the transfer of skills from humans to robots, or in-between robots, by exploiting multimodal sensory information and by developing intuitive teaching interfaces. The group also takes the perspective that the robots actuation capability must be enriched with force and impedance information for haptic communication, as well as to anticipate the users' behaviors and generate safe and natural movements.

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