Florent Levillain (PhD)

Florent Levillain is a researcher in cognitive psychology, specialist of the undestanding of perceived behavior. He is currently a university lecturer at the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC), in the COSTECH laboratory, in the Technology and Human Sciences department. During his thesis, he conducted research on the understanding of dynamic scenes, both at the International School for Advanced Studies (Trieste, Italy) and at Paris 8 Saint Denis University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, Florent has joined the Reflective Interaction research group to reflect on the understanding of robotic artifacts’ behavior. Florent is currently developing experimental methods to determine the expressive aspects of a movement, as well as theoretical models to understand ontological intuitions about animated objects. Florent is also working on the evaluation of the interaction with robotic and virtual swarms.

Website: www.florentlevillain.com

Publications (selection)

• Levillain, F., & Zibetti, E. (2017). Behavioral artifacts: The rise of the evocative machines. Journal of Human Robot Interaction, 6(1), 4-24.
• Abe, N., Laumond, J-P., & Levillain, F. (2017). Using a dance notation system to generate movements in a humanoid robot: The utility of Laban notation for robotics. Social Science Information, 56(2).
• Levillain, F., Zibetti, E., & Lefort, S. (2017). Interpretating the behavior and interacting with autonomous robotic artworks. International Journal of Social Robotics, 9(1), 141-161.
• Zibetti, E., & Levillain, F. (2016). “Off Road: Profiling the artwork and the audience experience”. In S. Bianchini & E. Quinz (Eds), Behavioral Objects 1. A Case Study: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. Sternberg Press.
• Bianchini, S., Levillain, F., Menicacci, A., Quinz, E., & Zibetti, E. (2016). “Towards behavioral objects: A twofold approach for a system of notation to design and implement behaviors in non- anthropomorphic robotic artifacts”. In J-P. Laumond & N. Abe (Eds.), Dance Notation and Robot Motion. Springer.
• Bianchini, S., Bourganel, R., Quinz, E., Levillain, F., & Zibetti, E. (2015). “(Mis)behavioral Objects: Empowerment of users vs. empowerment of objects”. In D. Bihanic (Ed.), Empowering Users through Design. Interdisciplinary Studies and Combined Approaches for Technological Products and Services. Springer.
• Levillain, F., & Zibetti, E. (2012). Segmentation et perception intuitive dans l’interprétation de l’action. Quels liens possibles ? Proposition d’un niveau intermédiaire de représentation. L’Année Psychologique, 112(2), 277-308.
• Levillain, F., St-Onge, D., Zibetti, E., & Beltrame, G. (2018). More Than the Sum of its Parts: Assessing the Coherence and Expressivity of a Robotic Swarm. 2018 27th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), 583–588. https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2018.8525640