Center For Robotics on BFM Business

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Brigitte d’Andrea Novel, professeur au Centre de Robotique de MINES ParisTech a participé à une emission portant sur l’évolution des moyens de transport sur BFM TV. Les autres intervenants étaient Marc Ivaldi, économiste membre de l’école d’économie de Toulouse (TSE), François Stephan, directeur de programmes à l’Institut de Recherche Technologique (IRT) SystemX, Robin Rivaton, économiste, auteur de “La France est prête”, et Pascal Samama, Journaliste à 01Net/01Business.

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Physico-realistic image synthesis and shaping materials for the automotive industry

A video dedicated to the LIMA project, which is a very important project of the Maths and System Dept. is now available.

Alexis Paljic, researcher at the Center for Robotics explains the objectives of the LIMA project.


A member of the Center for Robotics designated as an expert for CapDigital

As a researcher at the Center For Robotics in the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality team, Olivier Hugues has been designated as an expert of CapDigital in the Content panel. He will participate in different project expertise

You can find more information on CapDigital and its mission d’expertise by following these links.


Workshop on human-robot collaboration challenges



The workshop take place at MINES ParisTech on mars, 26th. It was a great success with a lot of participants and many interesting debates and discussions. Here you can find the slides given by the speakers

Rodolphe Gelin (Aldebaran)

Gérard Dubey (Télécom ParisTech)

Alexandre Morais (PSA Peugeot-Citroën)

Flore Barcellini (CNAM)

Vincent Weistroffer (CAOR, MINES ParisTech)



Presentation of U.S. DOT Automated Vehicles Research Program

The Chair “Drive for You” is pleased to invite you for a workshop dedicated to the federal programs regarding the autonomous vehicles in the US. The talk will be done by agents from the US Department of Transports (US DoT): Jan Lappin, Kevin Dopart and Carl K. Andersen.

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This workshop will be held on April, 2th, 2015 at MINES ParisTech (60 Bd Saint-Michel 75006 Paris).

Thanks to confirm your presence by following this link:


Internship in signal processing (6 mois)

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The Center for Robotics on BFM Business

Autonomous Vehicles: Google and Uber will fight?

Arnaud de La Fortelle, Thierry Le Hay et Pascal Samama – 03/02

Arnaud de La Fortelle, directeur du centre de robotique Mines Paris Tech, Thierry Le Hay, responsable de l’innovation chez PSA, et Pascal Samama, journaliste, se sont penchés sur le bras de fer entre Google et Uber autour des voitures autonomes. Le spécialiste des véhicules de tourisme avec chauffeur s’intéresserait aux voitures autonomes pour concurrencer la Google Car. De son coté, le géant américain de l’Internet pourrait décider de lancer un service de VTC concurrent d’Uber.

Tech & Co, du 3 février, présenté par Sébastien Couasnon, sur BFM Business.


National Robotics Contest

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The research Chair “Robotics and Virtual Reality”, supported by PSA Peugeot Citroën is pleased to participate at the National Robotics Contest organized by the “Ministère de l’Économie”. This contest will take place at “Centre Nano-INNOV in February, the 5th.

We will be very happy to see you there.


Ph.D. Defense – Raphaëlle Ducret


Raphaëlle Ducret is pleased to invite you to his Ph.D. defense on Friday 19th, December 2014 which take place in V107 at MINES ParisTech, 60 boulevard Saint-Michel 75006 Paris.

Structuring last-mile parcel delivery solutions for urban zones: an innovative spatial approach for urban goods distribution

Le jury est composé de :
Mme Laetitia DABLANC, Directrice de recherche, Laboratoire SPLOTT, IFSTTAR, Rapporteur
M. Bernard LEMARIE, Responsable Logistique urbaine, Branche SCC, La Poste, Invité
Mme Cathy MACHARIS, Professeur, BUTO, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Rapporteur
M. Hugues MOLET, Professeur, CAOR, Ecole des Mines de Paris, Directeur
M. Alain ROSET, Responsable Prospective 2020, Branche numérique, La Poste, Examinateur
M. Michel SAVY, Professeur, Lab’Urba, Université Paris-Est Créteil, Co-Directeur
M. Philippe WIESER, Professeur, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Examinateur

Résumé :

With the spread of new technologies and the advent of economic and social changes, the volume of parcels has grown in France. Parcel deliveries in cities have similarly experienced an important increase. Deliveries have become more and more complex because of changing client patterns, urban constraints and cities’ concerns for sustainability. The growing complexity of the ‘last mile’ delivery poses economic, organizational, environmental and political challenges to parcel providers. Putting the spatial organization of cities back at the heart of the creation of new logistics organizations and integrating spatial studies to urban logistics techniques and tools, in particular in modelling, can be means of innovation. Until now spatial studies have been largely under-used in UF. This study will provide an in-depth analysis of the relationships between urban spatial organization, urban form and UF. Based on those results, the thesis provides the first elements of a spatial urban freight modelling approach. The modelling approach will enable the creation of a decision support tool able to identify homogeneous urban zones based on urban form, economic and political characteristics in order to offer the most suitable delivery solution to each zone of a city.


Ph.D. Defense – Vincent Weistroffer

Réalité Virtuelle et Réalité Augmentée

Sylvain Thorel is pleased to invite you to his PhD. defense on Thursday, 11 December 2014 at MINES ParisTech 60 boulevard Saint-Michel 75006 Paris.

Jury composition

M. Raja CHATILA, ISIR, UPMC, Examiner

M. Jean-Louis VERCHER, ISM, Univ. Aix-Marseille, Examiner

M. Pascal GUITTON, INRIA-LaBRI, Univ. Bordeaux, Examiner

M. François MARSY, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Examiner

M. Claude ANDRIOT, CEA-LIST, Examiner

M. Philippe FUCHS, CAOR, MINES ParisTech, Director

M. Alexis PALJIC, CAOR, MINES ParisTech, Director


Either in the context of the industry or of the everyday life, robots are becoming more and more present in our environment and are nowadays able to interact with humans. In industrial environments, robots now assist operators on the assembly lines for difficult and dangerous tasks. Then, robots and operators need to share the same physical space (copresence) and to manage common tasks (collaboration). On the one side, the safety of humans working near robots has to be guaranteed at all time. On the other hand, it is necessary to determine if such a collaborative work is accepted by the operators, in terms of usability and utility.

The first problematic of the thesis consists in determining the important criteria that play a role in the acceptability, from the operators’ point of view. Different factors can influence this acceptability: robot appearance, robot movements, safety distance or interaction modes with the robot.

In order to study as many factors as possible, we intend to use virtual reality to perform user studies in virtual environments. We are using questionnaires to gather subjective impressions from operators and physiological measures to estimate their affective states (stress, effort). The second problematic of the thesis consists in determining if a methodology using virtual reality is relevant for this evaluation: can the results from studies in virtual environments be reproducible in equivalent physical situations?

In order to answer the problematics of the thesis, three use cases have been implemented and four studies have been performed. Two of those studies rely on a physical situation and its virtual reality counterpart in order to evaluate the relevance of the results of the virtual situation compared to the real situation.

Keywords: human-robot collaboration, virtual reality, acceptability, human factors, human-robot interac- tion, immersion, interaction