Education

2008

PhD in Automatic Systems and Microelectronics, University of Montpellier 2, France
Supervisor : Nicolas Franceschini
Funding : CNRS tempory contract (3 years) and salary of the French National Education Ministry as civil servant (2 years) in addition to my teaching workload
Title : From bee to robot : "the optic flow regulation"
PR. René ZAPATA, (University of Montpellier II), examiner
DR. Nicolas FRANCESCHINI, (CNRS, Marseille), supervisor
PR. Auke IJSPEERT (EPFL, Lausanne), reviewer
DR. Simon THORPE, (CNRS, Toulouse), reviewer
DR. Rogelio LOZANO, (CNRS, Compiègne), examiner
PR. Philippe BIDAUD, (University Pierre and Marie Curie, ISIR, Paris), examiner

2003

Master "Medical Imaging", specialization in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
University of Paris Sud (Paris 11), France.

2003

Master "Electronics, Electrotechnics, and Automatic Control Engineering"
University of Paris Sud (Paris 11) and the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Cachan), Cachan, France.

2002

Agrégation in Applied Physics
The agrégation is the highest national competitive examination department for recruiting teachers for certain appointment in the French education system.

1999 - 2003

Admitted at the competitive entrance of the Ecole Normale Supérieure at Cachan, France.
ENS pupils at the Ecole Normale Supérieure as trainee state official.

Academic Positions

From 2014

Assitant professor in bio-inspired robotics at the Aix-Marseille University (AMU), Institute of Movement Sciences (ISM), UMR7287, Marseille, France.

2008 - 2014

Associate researcher in bio-inspired robotics at the Aix-Marseille University, Institute of Movement Sciences (ISM), UMR7287, Marseille, France.

2006 - 2014

High school teacher at university level in physical science (2 years technological degree in Electrotechnics). Civil servant as professeur agrégé (in French), Lyon Academy (2006) and Aix-Marseille Academy (2007 - 2014), France.

2003 - 2006

PhD Student, CNRS tempory contract, Marseille, France.

1999 - 2003

Student as state official trainee at the École Normale Supérieure at Cachan, France.

Teaching Activities

From 2014

Assitant professor in bio-inspired robotics, Aix-Marseille University, Faculty of Sports Sciences, France
Full teaching activity (~250hours/year) for master students in movement science or in neuroscience.
Topics : Statistics with 'R' software, Signal Processing, Data Acquisition, Mathematics, Physics, Neuroethology, Biorobotics, Matlab/Simulink software.

2009 - 2014

Permanent position as teacher in Applied Physics at a university level in two-year technological degree in Electrotechnics
~530hours/year both in initial training (Marie MAdeleine Fourcade High School - Gardanne, Aix-Marseille Academy) and alternating vocational training (GRETA Provence Arbois - public vocational training).

2007 - 2009

Teacher in Applied Physics
~400hours/year for both high school and undergraduate students in Electrotechnics (two-year technological degree), M.M. Fourcade High School, Aix-Marseille Academy, France.

2006

Part time in both professional experience and academic studies in education/pedagogy
~250hours/year for both pupils and students in Applied Physics, professional experience : Edouard Branly High School - IUFM (University Institute for Teachers Training) of the Lyon Academy, France.

Honors and Awards

2019

The AntBot robot was nominated for the 12th Embedded France Trophies.
Organized by Embedded France, with the participation of the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance with the "Direction Générale des Entreprises", and Cap'Tronic.

2018

1st best paper award at the international conference Living Machines, Paris, France.
Title: "AntBot, a hexapod walking robot mimicking navigation strategies of desert ants Cataglyphis".
Authors: Julien Dupeyroux, Julien Serres, & Stéphane Viollet.

2017

1st best paper award at the IEEE Europ. Conf. on Mobile Robotics (ECMR), Paris, France.
Title: "A bio-inspired celestial compass applied to an ant-inspired robot for autonomous navigation".
Authors: Julien Dupeyroux, Julien Diperi, Marc Boyron, Stéphane Viollet, & Julien Serres.

2009

2nd prize awarded by the French robotics research community organized by the CNRS
JNRR'09 National Conference, Neuvy-sur-Barangeon, France.

International Scientific Collaboration

2015 - 2019

Modelling gull's trajectory above the Baltic Sea by merging optic flow regulation principle and aeraulic effects for explaining both bird's speed and height of flight.
Prof. S. Åkesson and Prof. A. Hedenström, Centre for Animal Movement Research (CAnMove), Dpt of Biology, Lund University, Sweden (Lab visit, 7-8 January).

Supervision of PhD Students

2019 -

Léo Poughon - Using UV polarized light for the estimation of a car's heading.
Supervisors: Julien Serres and Stéphane Viollet.
Co-supervisors: Laetitia Pradere, Stefano Mafrica, Jocelyn Monnoyer.
Fundings: PSA/ISM.

2018 -

Mathieu Thomas - Visual cues for helicopter landing.
Supervisors: Franck Ruffier and Antoine Morice.
Co-supervisors: Thoma Rakotomamonjy, Julien Serres (25%).
Fundings: 50% ONERA, 50% DGA.

2018 -

Aimie Berger Dauxère - Altitude control in honeybees: optical invariants.
Supervisors: Gilles Montagne and Julien Serres.
Fundings: 100% AMU.

2018 -

Ilya Brodoline - Bio-inspired visual-based autonomous navigation applied to a hexapod robot in GPS- and magnetometer-denied environment.
Supervisors: Stéphane Viollet and Julien Serres.
Fundings: 100% DGA.

2015 - 2019

Julien Dupeyroux - Bio-inspired autonomous navigation applied to a hexapod robot.
Defended on the 5th of July, 2019.
Supervisors: Stéphane Viollet and Julien Serres.
Fundings: 50% AMU, 50% DGA.
Current position: PostDoc at the MavLab of Technological University of Delft (The Netherlands).
Publications: 3 WoS journals (J. of Royal Society Interface 2019, Science Robotics 2019, Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2019), 6 international conferences (IEEE IROS 2017, IEEE ISCAS 2017, IFAC WC 2017, ECMR 2017, Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems 2018, ICIV 2019), 2 national conferences (13ème journée de l'Ecole Doctorale Sciences du Mouvement Humain 2017, JJCR 2017), 1 book chapter (Techniques de l’Ingénieur).

2014 - 2018

Érik Vanhoutte - Microdrone with visual system inspired from honeybees.
Defended on the 23rd of October, 2018.
Supervisors: Reinoud Bootsma and Julien Serres.
Fundings: 50% AMU, 50% DGA.
Current position: engineer at Unistellar.
Publications: 1 WoS journal (MDPI Sensors 2017), 4 international conferences (IEEE Sensors 2017, IEEE EBCCSP 2016 & 2017, IMAV 2017).

2009 - 2013

Frédéric Roubieu - Design of an autonomous micro-robot inspired from the speed control and obstacle avoidance observed on honeybees.
Defended on the 16th of July, 2013.
Supervisors: Stéphane Viollet and Franck Ruffier.
Co-supervisor: Julien Serres (25%).
Current position: Entrepreneur with his wife.
Publications: 1 WoS journal (Bioinsp. Biomim. 2014), 2 international conferences (International Workshop on Bio-inspired Robots 2011, IEEE ROBIO 2012), 1 book chapter (Handbook of Biomimetics and Bioinspiration 2014).

2007 - 2011

Geoffrey Portelli - Honeybee visual flight control : experiments and model.
Defended on the 21st of September, 2011.
Supervisors: Nicolas Franceschini and Franck Ruffier.
Co-supervisor: Julien Serres (25%).
Current position: PostDoc at I3S Lab, Sophia Antipolis (France).
Publications: 2 WoS journals (Journal of Physiology – Paris 2010 / Scientific Reports 2017), 2 international conferences (FIR 2007, IEEE BIOROB 2008), 4 national conferences (4ème journée de l’Ecole Doctorale Sciences du Mouvement Humain 2008, NEUROCOMP 2008, JJCR 2009, JNRR 2009).

Supervision of Undergraduate Students

2019

Marine Laurencich - Developping a hexapod robot.

2019

Merwan Ben Hamou - Video recording setup embedded on-board a blimp.

2019

Youssra Mansar - Visibility of the phenomenality of the actor at stake.

2019

Quentin Surcouf - Design of a pair of ergonomic glasses supporting the Hypercube location sensor.

2018

Elena Martin - VR-based visual assistance for landing maneuvers.

2018

Constance Blary - Altitude control in honeybees: optical invariants.

2018

Morgan Lodé - Altitude control in bumblebees: optical invariants.

2018

Victor Rousteau - Altitude control strategies in bumblebees: do they rely on the same visual invariants as pilots?

2018

Iliass Souhnoun - Flight control strategies in bumblebees: do they rely on the same visual invariants as pilots?

2018

Romain Miot - Development of an insect trajectory reconstruction algorithm.

2018

Derrick Irakiza - Bio-logger for flying insects.

2017

Hadrien Janicot - 3D-Simulation of a visuo-motor control for a bee-inspired quadrirotor.

2017

Mehdi Messaoudi - Analyzing flight in birds of prey: lure pursuit and head/body decoupling.

2017

Flora Jean-Grandchamp - Looking for optical invariants during bees' flight in case of degraded visual cues.

2017

Mathieu Avizon - Modeling of a gull's visuo-motor loop for altitude control.

2016

Ludivine Lenay - 3D visual guidance in bees.

2016

Kilian Contamain - State-of-the-art of incoherent motion detection: application to autonomous vehicle.

2016

Anaël Renault - 3D-Simulation of a visuo-motor control for a bee-inspired drone.

2016

Aurélien Valentini - Determining the flight parameters in birds.

2016

Valentin Garcia - Modeling birds flight altitude control using an OF-based visuo-motor loop.

2016

Antoine Leclerq - 3D-Simulation of a visuo-motor control for a bee-inspired drone.

2015

Etienne Fortin - Improving the LORA robot simulation.

2009

Frédéric Roubieu - Designing a motor controller involving battery-independent behavior to a hovercraft robot.

2007

Maëlle Ogier - Free flight of honeybees (Apis mellifera) inside a nonstationary corridor.

2006

Antoine Dilly - FPGA integration of a visuo-motor loop.

2006

David Dray - Modeling flight stabilization of honeybees in nonstationary environments.

2006

Guillaume Masson - Modeling lateral obstacle avoidance strategies in honeybees.

Research Expertise

32 article reviewings within 3 distinct fields of research
Robotics (e.g., IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Autonomous Robots, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, Rob. and Autom. Syst., MDPI Sensors, Robotica,...), biology (PNAS, Scientific Reports, J. of Exp. Biol., Biol. Letters,...), computational modeling (e.g., PLOS Computationnel Biology, Journal of Neural Engineering,...). On average: 6 review/year.

Appointed member of council of the Institute of Movement Sciences E-J. Marey since September 2018.

Member of the French Society of Animal Behavior Study (SFECA) since 2017.

Science Popularization

2019

European Heritage Days
As part of temporary exhibition on biomimicry (Biomimétisme, quand la Nature inspire l’innovation) at the Natural History Museum of Nîmes (France), introduction of the AntBot robot to the public.
Nîmes (France), September 2019. 200 people.

2019

Interview with Enki Bilal
Interview (in French) led by Tewfik Hakem (France Culture)
La Criée - National Theater of Marseille, as part of the 3rd edition of the "Oh les beaux jours !" festival.
Marseille (France), May 2019. 800 people.

2017

Participation in an audiovisual documentary
L’envolée scientifique (in French), realized by Kenza Chatar – Aix Marseille University.

2010 – 2014

Animator and Creator of the Robotics Workshop at M. M. Fourcade Highschool
Coordinator of a multidisciplinary team of 4 teachers supervising annually a group of 12 high school students. Annual operating budget: approx. 5000 € financed by subsidies rectoral, departmental, regional, and university.

2011 – 2013

Animator of a robotics booth during the Science festival

2011 – 2012

Participation in "Faites de la Science" competition
7th edition of the "Faites de la Science" contest organized by Aix Marseille University, Luminy, Marseille, France.

2008

Animator at the "Spring of the Researchers" event
Workshop: is there a pilot in the insect?