Institut des Systèmes Intelligents
et de Robotique


Sorbonne Universite



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Titre : Professeur
Adresse : 4 place Jussieu, CC 173, 75252 Paris cedex 05
Téléphone : +33 (0) 1 44 27 28 76
Email : chatila(at)
Equipe : AMAC (AMAC)

AI was born to address Alan Turing's question:  "Can machines think?" (Computing Machinery and Intelligence. Mind 49, pp 433-460, 1950).

A robot is a machine endowed with sensors and actuators and with computational capacities, situated and acting in the real world. A grand challenge facing robotics today is to address Alan Turing's question rephrased as"Can robots exhibit cognitive capacities?". These are defined in reference to natural cognition in humans and animals, in terms of four interleaved capacities that make cognition:

  • Understanding of space, objects and situations
  • Decision-making
  • Learning
  • Communication and interaction

Currently, I'm coordinating the Roboergosum project funded by the French Research Agency ANR. The rationale of this project is that there is an intricate relationship - that we investigate - between an agent's consciousness, or self-awareness, and the interaction between the mind-body of this agent and its environment. That the understanding of its environment by the agent requires self-awareness, which actually is itself emerging as a result of this understanding and the distinction that the agent is capable to make between its own mind-body and its environment.