I am a researcher in cognitive psychology, currently working at École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD) in Paris. I conducted research on the understanding of dynamic scenes at the International School for Advanced Studies (Trieste, Italy), Paris 8 University, and Johns Hopkins University. I then integrated the Reflective Interaction research group to develop a collaboration with artists and designers around the notion of behavioral objects.
I am interested in how people give meaning to the behavior of animated beings, natural and artificial, and how they engage in meaningful interactions with them. Within the fields of social robotics and IoT, the development of autonomous and connected objects is an opportunity to investigate new forms of animism that stem from our tendency to grant volition and intention to animated objects. My research interests include the status granted to animated objects, insights from cognitive psychology for the design of behavior, the nature of expressive movements, or intuitions about collective behaviors.
I am teaching on the topics of understanding of action, and its relationship to the development of social robots; on the perceptive and attentional constraints for the design of interfaces; on the flow and gratifications in immersive interactions.
I am also collaborating with Institut Cognition to develop partnerships between the worlds of business and academia.