François Ferland

Postdoctoral researcher, ENSTA-ParisTech

I am a researcher in robotics currently doing a post-doc at the Robotics and Computer Vision Lab of ENSTA-ParisTech under the supervision of Pr. Adriana Tapus. My main interest is the development of natural interaction modalities and expressive behaviors for autonomous robots.

You can contact me by e-mail.


Past Projects

Between 2009 and 2014, I was a full-time PhD student supervized by Pr. François Michaud at Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, Canada. Our laboratory, IntRoLab, is part of the 3IT. The bulk of my work has been in the integration various software components in a single, coherent architecture for IRL-1, our wheeled humanoid robot. I did my Master's at the same laboratory, working on user interfaces for telepresence robots, which is detailed in my HRI 2009 paper.

In Spring 2014, I did a short internship at ENSTA-ParisTech. I worked on adaptative expressive behaviors for autonomous robots such as the Meka M-1. I notably participated to an experiment on motion-oriented attention which was presented at ICSR in October 2014.

In March 2013, I visited Willow Garage in Menlo Park, California for a few days. We integrated ManyEars, the sound localization and tracking system from our lab in Sherbrooke on a PR2, which lead to this video. You can learn more about 8-Sounds, the open hardware project behind it, at its SourceForge page.

Publications

    2016

  1. Ferland, F., and Michaud, F. (2016) "Selective Attention by Perceptual Filtering in a Robot Control Architecture", IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (in press). IEEE
  2. Ferland, F., and Tapus, A. (2016) "Functional and Non-functional Expressive Dimensions: Classification of the Expressiveness of Humanoid Robots", Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Robotics, Kansas City, MO. Springer
  3. Agrigoroaie, R., Ferland, F., and Tapus, A. (2016) "The ENRICHME Project: Lessons Learnt from a First Interaction with the Elderly", Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Robotics, Kansas City, MO. Springer
  4. Ferland, F., and Tapus, A. (2016) "System Integration for the ENRICHME Project: A Service Robot for Care Facilities for the Elderly", Workshop on Behavior Adaptation, Interaction and Learning for Assistive Robotics (RO-MAN 2016). BAILAR
  5. Leconte, F., Ferland, F., and Michaud, F. (2016) "Design and Integration of a Spatio-Temporal Memory with Emotional Influences to Categorize and Recall the Experiences of An Autonomous Mobile Robot", Autonomous Robots 40:831. Springer
  6. 2015

  7. Sorostinean, M., Ferland, F., Tapus, A. (2015) "Reliable Stress Measurement using Face Temperature Variation with a Thermal Camera in Human-Robot Interaction", Proceedings of the IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Seoul, Korea. IEEE
  8. Cruz-Maya, A., Ferland, F., Tapus, A. (2015) "Social Facilitation in a Game-Like Human-Robot Interaction using Synthesized Emotions and Episodic Memory", Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Robotics, Paris, France. Springer
  9. Ferland, F., Tapus, A. (2015) "Functional and Non-Functional Expressive Dimensions: Classification of the expressiveness of the face of humanoid robots", Towards Standardized Experiments in Human Robot Interactions (IROS 2015 Workshop), Hamburg, Germany.
  10. Ferland, F., Cruz-Maya, A., Tapus, A. (2015) "Adapting an Hybrid Behavior-Based Architecture with Episodic Memory to Different Humanoid Robots", Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Kobe, Japan, pp. 797-802. IEEE
  11. Reveleau, A., Ferland, F., Michaud, F. (2015) "Visual Representation of Sound Sources and Interaction Forces in a Teleoperation Interface for a Mobile Robot", Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, 4 (2), pp. 1-23. JHRI
  12. Ferland, F., Reveleau, A., Michaud, F. (2015) "Visualization of Sound Source Location in a Teleoperation Interface for a Mobile Robot", Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, late-breaking abstract, Portland, OR. ACM
  13. 2014

  14. Ferland F. (2014) "Conception d'un Mécanisme Intégré d'Attention Sélective dans une Architecture Comportementale pour Robots autonomes", Ph. D. Thesis, Université de Sherbrooke. UdeS
  15. Ferland, F., Leconte, F., Tapus, A., Michaud, F. (2014) "An Architecture with Integrated Episodic Memory for Adaptative Robot Behavior", AAAI Fall Symposium on AI in HRI, Arlington, VA. AAAI
  16. Sorostinean, M., Ferland, F., Dang, T.-H. H., and Tapus, A. (2014) "Motion-oriented Attention for a Social Gaze Robot Behavior", Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Social Robotics, Sydney, AU. Springer
  17. Leconte, F., Ferland, F., and Michaud, F. (2014) "Fusion Adaptative Resonance Theory Networks Used as Episodic Memory for an Autonomous Robot", Proceedings of the Conference on Artificial General Intelligence, Québec, Canada, pp. 63-72. Springer
  18. Chauvin, R., Hamel, M., Brière, S., Ferland, F., Grondin, F., Létourneau, D., Tousignant, M. et Michaud, F. (2014) "Contact-Free Respiration Rate Monitoring Using a Pan-Tilt Thermal Camera for Stationary Bike Telerehabilitation Sessions", IEEE Systems Journal, (In press). IEEE
  19. Chauvin, R., Ferland, F., Létourneau, D., and Michaud, F. (2014) "ROS4iOS: Native ROS Development on iOS Devices", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation", Hong Kong, p. 2085.
  20. Ferland, F., Chauvin, R., Létourneau, D., and Michaud, F. (2014) "Hello Robot, Can You Come Here? Using ROS4iOS to Provide Remote Perceptual Capabilities for Visual Location, Speech, and Speaker Recognition", Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Bielefeld, DE, p. 101. ACM
  21. Ferland, F., and Michaud, F. (2014) "An Architecture for Integrated Design of Human-Robot Interaction Capabilities", HRI 2014 Workshop on Cognitive Architectures, Bielefeld, DE. PDF
  22. Frémy, J., Ferland, F., Lauria, M., and Michaud, F. (2014) "Force-Guidance of a Compliant Omnidirectional Non-Holonomic Platform", Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 62 (4), pp. 579-590. Elsevier
  23. 2013

  24. Rousseau, V., Ferland, F., Létourneau, D., and Michaud, F. (2013) "Sorry to Interrupt, but May I Have your Attention? Preliminary Design and Evaluation of Autonomous Engagement in HRI", Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, 2 (3), pp. 41-61. JHRI
  25. Ferland, F., Aumont, A., Létourneau, D., and Michaud, F. (2013) "Taking Your Robot for a Walk: Force-Guiding a Mobile Robot Using Compliant Arms", Proceedings of the 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Tokyo, JP, pp. 309-316. IEEE
  26. Grondin, F., Létourneau, D., Ferland, F., and Michaud, F. (2013) "An Open Hardware and Software Microphone Array System for Robotic Applications", HRI 2013 Demonstration session, Tokyo, JP.
  27. Grondin, F., Létourneau, D., Ferland, F., Rousseau, V., and Michaud, F. (2013) "The ManyEars Open Framework" Autonomous Robots, 34, pp. 217-232. Springer
  28. 2012

  29. Ferland, F., Létourneau, D., Aumont, A., Frémy, J., Legault, M.-A., Lauria, M., and Michaud, F. (2012) "Natural Interaction Design of a Humanoid Robot", Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, 1 (2), pp. 118-134. JHRI
  30. Ferland, F., Aumont, A., Létourneau, D., Legault, M.-A., and Michaud, F. (2012) "Johnny-0, a Compliant, Force-Controlled and Interactive Humanoid Autonomous Robot", Proceedings of the 7th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Boston, MA, pp 417-418. ACM
  31. 2010

  32. Ferland, F., Clavien, L., Frémy, J., Létourneau, D., Michaud, F., and Lauria, M. (2010) "Teleoperation of AZIMUT-3, an Omnidirectional Non-Holonomic Platform with Steerable Wheels", Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Taipei, TW, pp. 2515-2516. IEEE
  33. Frémy, J., Ferland, F., Clavien, L., Létourneau, D., Michaud, F., and Lauria, M. (2010) "Force-Controlled Motion of a Mobile Platform", Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Taipei, TW, pp. 2517-2518. IEEE
  34. Michaud, F., Ferland, F., Létourneau, D., Legault, M.-A., and Lauria, M. (2010) "Toward Autonomous, Compliant, Omnidirectional Humanoid Robots for Natural Interaction in Real Life Settings", Paladyn Behavioral Robotic Journal, 1 (1), pp. 57-65. Springer
  35. Michaud, F., Boissy, P., Labonté, D., Brière, S., Perrault, K., Corriveau, H., Grant, A., Cloutier, R., Roux, M.-A., Iannuzzi, D., Royer, M.-P., Ferland, F., Pomerleau, F., and Lauria, M. (2010) "Exploratory Design and Evaluation of a Homecare Teleassistive Mobile Robotic System", Mechatronics, Special Issue on Design and Control Methodology in Telerobotics, 20, pp. 751-766. Elsevier
  36. 2009

  37. Pomerleau, F., Colas, F., Ferland, F., and Michaud, F. (2009) "Kd-ICP for Fast and Robust Map Registration", Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Field and Service Robotics, Cambridge, MA, pp. 229-238. Springer
  38. Ferland, F., Pomerleau, F., Le Dinh, C. T., and Michaud, F. (2009) "Egocentric and Exocentric Teleoperation Interface Using Real-Time, 3D Video Projection", Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, La Jolla, CA, pp. 37-44. ACM
  39. Ferland F. (2009) "Interfaces Graphiques Tridimensionnelles de Téléopération de Plateformes Robotiques Mobiles", Master's Thesis, Université de Sherbrooke. UdeS