Nicolas Cuperlier is Associate professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise. He received in 2006 a Ph.D in Computer Science from Cergy-Pontoise University for his work on a neuromimetic architecture for planned navigation of a mobile robot based on prediction and learning of sensorimotor elements. From 2006-2007, he worked on active vision and attentional processes at the LIMSI laboratory (CNRS, University of Orsay). Since 2008, his research interests are focused on the modeling of cognitive processes involved when mammals are engaged in a navigation task. Following a Neurorobotics approach, bio-inspired models are embodied in mobile robotic plateforms. Navigation behaviors of these autonomous robots are evaluated both in indoor and outdoor environments. In parrallal to these works, he also investigates the interplay between cognitive and emotional mechanisms by attempting to asses the role played by emotions in learning, behavior adaptation and Human-Robot Interaction. His current work is at the crossroads of these two themes and focuses on the design and evaluation of control architectures for autonomous vehicles evolving in large outdoor environments.



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