Institut des Systèmes Intelligents
et de Robotique





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Short bio

girard Benoît
Title : Research Director
Address : 4 place Jussieu, CC 173, 75252 Paris cedex 05
Phone : +33 (0) 1 44 27 63 81
Email : girard(at)
Group : AMAC (AMAC)

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Research Topics

Computational models of the central nervous system in action selection, navigation and motor execution functions. [more details]


  • dec. 2016-march 2017 : Invited Professor at OIST, Neural Computation Unit of Professor K. Doya.
  • oct. 2015 : CNRS research director
  • 2009: CNRS researcher at ISIR
  • 2005 - 2008: CNRS researcher at the Laboratoire de Physiologie de la Perception et de l'Action (LPPA-UMR7152)
  • 2005: CNRS researcher (permanent position)
  • 2003-2005: Post Doc at the Laboratoire de Physiologie de la Perception et de l'Action (LPPA-UMR7152)
  • 2000-2003: Ph.D. in Computer Science, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Supervisors: A. Guillot and A. Berthoz : Integration of navigation and action selection in a basal ganglia inspired control architecture
  • 1998-2000: M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC),
  • 1995-1998: Engineer ECN (Ecole Centrale de Nantes), Major in Computer Science,


Publication list.


Research Projects

  • DREAM : Deferred Restructuring of Experience in Autonomous Machines. FET Proactive H2020.
  • STGT: Neurobehavioral assessment of a computational model of reward learning. ANR-NSF CRCNS Program.
  • OnBuL : On-Line Budgeted Learning. Labex SMART
  • 2012-2016: RoboErgoSum. ANR CONTINT program
  • 2012-2015: LU2: Learning Under Uncertainty. ANR, Programme Blanc
  • 2011-2014: HABOT: From flexible to habitual behaviors: neuroinspired learning for humanoid robotics. Programme Emergence(s) de la Ville de Paris.
  • 2009-2012: EVONEURO: Evolutionary Robotics and Computational Neuroscience cross-fertilization. ANR, programme DEFIS.
  • 2009-2013: CLONS: A closed-loop neural prosthesis for dizziness suppression. EU FP7 FET Open.
  • 2009-2012: ROMEO: Personnal assistant robot. Projet FUI.
  • 2006-2010: BACS: Bayesian approach to cognitive systems. EU FP6.
  • 2004-2007 : NEUROBOTICS: The fusion of neuroscience and robotics for augmenting human capabilities. EU FP6.
  • 2001-2005: BIBA: Bayesian Inspired Brains & Artifacts. EU FP5.

Students & Collaborators



  • Pr Kenji Doya (NCU, OIST, Japan)
  • Dr Laure Rondi-Reig, Bénédicte Babayan (NPA, ENMVIE)
  • Dr Andrea Brovelli (INT) & Dr Francesca Sargolini (LNC)
  • Dr Alain Marchand & Dr Etienne Coutureau (INCIA)
  • Dr Nicolas Rougier & Dr Alain Dutech (LORIA)