Fields of expertise
His research interests are at the intersection between robotics, computational neuroscience, nonlinear dynamical systems, and machine learning. He is interested in using numerical simulations and robots to get a better understanding of sensorimotor coordination in animals, and in using inspiration from biology to design novel types of robots and adaptive controllers. (see for instance Ijspeert et al Science 2007, Ijspeert Science 2014, and Nyakatura et al Nature 2019). He is also investigating how to assist people with limited mobility using exoskeletons and assistive furniture.
He is regularly invited to give talks on these topics (e.g. TED talk given at TED Global Geneva, Dec 8 2015). With his colleagues, he has received paper awards at ICRA2002, CLAWAR2005, IEEE Humanoids 2007, IEEE ROMAN 2014, CLAWAR 2015, SAB2018, and CLAWAR 2019.
He is an IEEE Fellow, member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science magazine, and associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics and for the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics. He has acted as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics (2009-2013) and for Soft Robotics (2018-2021). He was a guest editor for the Proceedings of IEEE, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Autonomous Robots, IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, and Biological Cybernetics. He has been the organizer of 7 international conferences (BioADIT2004, SAB2004, AMAM2005, BioADIT2006, LATSIS2006, SSRR2016, AMAM2019), and a program committee member of over 50 conferences.
Auke Ijspeert's research is funded by the Human Frontier Science Program, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the European Commission (FP7 and H2020), and the EPFL.
Past funding: the French Ministry for Research and Technology, Microsoft Research Cambridge, European Space Agency, and Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI).
Reverse-engineering the locomotion of a stem amnioteNature. 2019-01-16. DOI : 10.1038/s41586-018-0851-2.
Oncilla Robot: A Versatile Open-Source Quadruped Research Robot With Compliant Pantograph LegsFrontiers in Robotics and AI. 2018. DOI : 10.3389/frobt.2018.00067.
Roombots: A Hardware Perspective on 3D Self-Reconfiguration and Locomotion with a Homogeneous Modular RobotRobotics and Autonomous Systems. 2014. DOI : 10.1016/j.robot.2013.08.011.
A connectionist central pattern generator for the aquatic and terrestrial gaits of a simulated salamanderBiological Cybernetics. 2001. DOI : 10.1007/s004220000211.
Teaching & PhD
Life Sciences Engineering
PhD StudentsAnastasiadis Alexandros, Arreguit O'Neill Jonathan Patrick, Bruel Alice Julie, Caban Miroslav, Di Russo Andrea, Gupta Astha, Manzoori Ali Reza, Orhan Zeynep Ozge, Ozdil Pembe Gizem, Paez Coy Laura Isabel, Razmjoo Fard Amirreza, Shafiee Ashtiani Milad, Tata Ramalingasetty Shravan,
Past EPFL PhD StudentsAjallooeian Mostafa , Baud Romain Pierre François , Bicanski Andrej , Bonardi Stéphane , Buchli Jonas , Crespi Alessandro , Daler Ludovic , Dzeladini Florin , Dégallier Rochat Sarah , Eckert Peter , Faraji Salman , Gay Sébastien , Hauser Simon Lukas , Horvat Tomislav , Karakasiliotis Konstantinos , Knüsel Jérémie , Lanini Jessica , Mudry Pierre-André , Mutlu Mehmet Hasan , Pouya Soha , Righetti Ludovic , Rossier Joël , Spröwitz Alexander , Thandiackal Robin , Tuleu Alexandre , Van der Noot Nicolas Benoît Dominique , Vespignani Massimo , van den Kieboom Jesse ,
The practicals can include the following topics:
- Teaching Robots to Accomplish a Manipulation Task
- Experimenting with haptic interfaces
- Controlling a serial robot ABB IRB 120
- Control of the Micro Delta Direct Drive robot
- LiniX, linear axis, assembly and control