Institut des Systèmes Intelligents
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guillot Agnès
Title : Associate Professor
No longer in the unit


May 4, 1946 - Sainte Maxime sur mer (Var, France)

Current position: Assistant Professor in Psychophysiology, University of Paris X - Nanterre


  • My (French) PhDs were concerned with the descriptive, causal, functional and dynamic analyzes and modelling of action selection in actual mice.
  • I am currently involved - with Jean-Arcady Meyer - in the coordination of the Psikharpax project - and more specifically in the bioinspired aspects of the control architectures of navigation and action selection. This project is granted by the European Project ICEA (Integrating Cognition, Emotion and Autonomy).


  • 1991. Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches in Psychophysiology. University of Paris X. Le comportement de Mus computatrix.
  • 1988. PhD in Biomathematics. University of Paris 7. Contribution à l'étude des séquences comportementales chez la souris: approches descriptives, causales et fonctionnelles.
  • 1976. PhD (3rd cycle) in Biological Science - Animal Physiology. Sciences Biologiques - Physiologie animale. University of Lyon I. Contribution à l'étude d'effets sociaux sur le comportement de la souris en cage expérimentale.


  • The International Society for Adaptive Behavior
  • Institut de Formation Doctorale de l'Université Pierre et Marie Curie



Control of action selection in animals and animats

  • Psikharpax, the artificial rat...

I am currectly (or was) the advisor of PhD students working on the Psikharpax project. In 2003, the PhD of Benoît Girard, co-directed by Pr. Alain Berthoz (LPPA), presented a biomimetic control architecture integrating action selection and navigation. Mehdi Khamassi, co-directed by Dr. Sidney Wiener (LPPA), defended last september his PhD about reinforcement learning processes in the previous architecture. Laurent Dollé starts a PhD on a bioinspired model of selection of navigation strategies - co-directed by Dr. Ricardo Chavarriaga (IDIAP). All these control architectures will be implemented in the actual robot ICEAbot granted by the European project ICEA (Integrating Cognition, Emotion and Autonomy).

Another PhD (defended in 2005) was dedicated to the Kodamat project (AnimatLab, LIP6): Gabriel Robert has developed MHiCS (Motivational, Hierarchical, based on learning Classifier Systems), a control architecture of action selection for autonomous Non Player Characters in Video Games (in collaboration with Nevrax).

  • ... and the actual mouse, Mus computatrix

I was involved in the study of action selection and energy balance in actual mice. I recorded during 12-hr long many diurnal and nocturnal behavioral sequences of Mus musculus (10 differents acts) and analyzed them with descriptive, causal, functional and dynamic approaches. To briefly summarize the results, mice are assumed to use two systems of behavioral control. The first one, managed by periodic ultradian alternations of rest and activity bouts during day and during night, might have the function of maximizing their net energy gain. The second one, managed by chaotic alternation of particular acts within each activity bouts, would allow to rapidly adapt the specific metabolic needs of each animal to the ongoing situation.