I am a Staff Research Scientist working at DeepMind. As a member of the Deep Learning department and Dr. Raia Hadsell‘s team, I have been focusing on navigation-related research and in scaling up autonomous agents to real world environments; some of my work has been published in Nature, at ICLR and NeurIPS and covered by The Guardian and many other press outlets.

I studied computer science in France (ENSEEIHT, Toulouse) and obtained my PhD in computer science in 2011 at New York University, with a thesis on “Time Series Modeling with Hidden Variables and Gradient-based Algorithms” supervised by Prof. Yann LeCun (Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2011).

Prior to joining DeepMind, I worked at Schlumberger Research, at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, at Bell Labs (with Dr. Tin Kam Ho) and at Microsoft Bing, on problems including epileptic seizure prediction from EEG, the inference of gene regulation networks, WiFi-based geolocalisation, Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping on a smartphone, robotics, natural language processing and search query auto-completion.

During my theatre and improv performances (with and without robots on the stage), I investigate the use of AI for artistic human and machine-based co-creation.