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Etienne Burdet

Professor of Human Robotics
Department of Bioengineering
Imperial College London, UK




Haptic communication between humans and with robots


In this talk I will present how we use robotics to investigate human sensorimotor control, and how we create robots to help humans. I will focus on our recent investigation of collaborative motor tasks between humans, where we use a dual robotic interface to modulate and investigate the haptic information exchange. The results reveal an involuntary coordination mechanism between physically interacting humans that enables them to understand the partner’s motion plan, and use it to improve own performance and learning. Embodying a computational model of the underlying control yields a robot partner providing similar assistance benefits as human partners.


Related publication:
Takagi et al. (2017), Physically interacting individuals estimate the partner’s goal to enhance their movements. Nature Human Behaviour 1: 54.


Dr. Etienne Burdet is Chair of Human Robotics at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in UK. He is also a visiting Professor at Nanyang Technology in Singapore and at University College London. He holds an MSc in Mathematics (1990), an MSc in Physics (1991), and a PhD in Robotics (1996), all from ETH-Zürich. He was a postdoctoral fellow with TE Milner from McGill University, Canada, JE Colgate from Northwestern University, USA and Mitsuo Kawato of ATR in Japan. Professor Burdet’s group uses an integrative approach of neuroscience and robotics to: i) investigate human motor control, and ii) design efficient systems for training and rehabilitation, which are tested in clinical trials.