Computing That Serves

Interactive Robotics for Home Care


Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 11:00am


François Michaud
Canada Research Chairholder in Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Autonomous Systems
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering
Université de Sherbrooke

Mobile robotics is one of the best examples of systems engineering: it requires the integration of sensors, actuators, energy sources, embedded computing, decision algorithms in a common structure, working in the real world. Only technologies and methodologies that work with the constraints of such integration can be useful, and so integration directly influences scientific considerations associated with the intelligent behavior of such systems. It is therefore important to address such challenges by developing innovative solutions and validating them in real world field experiences. This presentation addresses the innovations that can be made at all levels in robotic research by following an integrated design approach, illustrated with our work on the design of telepresence systems for remote care.


François Michaud holds the Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Mobile Robots and Intelligent Systems, and is a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering of the Université de Sherbrooke. He is the Director of IntRoLab, a research laboratory on mobile robotics and intelligent systems working on mechatronics and developing AI methodologies for the design of intelligent autonomous systems that can assist humans in everyday uses. His research interests are architectural methodologies for intelligent decision-making, autonomous mobile robots, social robotics, robot learning and intelligent systems. He is also the Director of the Centre of Excellence on Information Engineering, an interdisciplinary research centre working on important application ranging from design to exploitation of information technology (integrating devices, telecommunications, and processing towards applications). In addition, he is involved in a major engineering educational reform underway at Sherbrooke based on problem-based and project-based learning, mainly by developing a mobile robotic platform for introducing EECE and design to freshmen students. He received his bachelor’s degree (1992), Master’s degree (1993) and Ph.D. degree (1996) in Electrical Engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke. He then spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Interaction Lab (Brandeis University, USA), before going back to Sherbrooke. He is a member of IEEE, AAAI and OIQ (Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec), AUTO21 (Network of Centre of Excellence on the Automobile of the 21st Century) and the 2003 recipient of the Young Engineering Achievement Award, Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.