Institut des Systèmes Intelligents
et de Robotique


Sorbonne Universite



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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 28 85
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]

A general public explanation of results we obtained in collaboration with INCIA on reinforcement learning, exploration regulation and dopamine.


  • since oct. 2015 : CNRS research director
  • dec. 2016-march 2017 : Invited Professor at OIST, Neural Computation Unit of Professor K. Doya.
  • 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

  • SHIFT : S​ubstituting for ​he​althier foods, ​i​nvestigating ​f​ood-choices ​t​ransitions. ANR, appel générique 2018.
  • RHiPAR. CNRS 80|PRIME program.
  • 2015-2019: STGT: Neurobehavioral assessment of a computational model of reward learning. ANR-NSF CRCNS Program.
  • 2016-2019: DREAM Deferred Restructuring of Experience in Autonomous Machines. FET Proactive H2020.
  • 2013-2017: 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

  • Maud de Tollenaere, PhD student (ISIR, supervised with Olga Davidenko)
  • Elisa Massi (ISIR, co-supervised with M. Khamassi)
  • Francois Cinotti, PhD student (2019 - ISIR, supervised with Mehdi Khamassi), now postdoc with Mark Humphries at Univ. Nottingham
  • Romain Cazé, postdoc (ISIR, supervised with Mehdi Khamassi)
  • Nassim Aklil, PhD student (2017 - ISIR, supervised with Mehdi Khamassi & Ludovic Denoyer), now at Mipsology
  • Guillaume Viejo, PhD student (2016 - ISIR, supervised with Mehdi Khamassi), now postdoc in Peyrache Lab, at McGill
  • Isabelle Leang, PhD student (2016 - ONERA, supervised with Stéphane Herbin & Jacques Droulez), now at Valeo Driving Assistance Research
  • Erwan Renaudo, PhD student (2016 - ISIR with Raja Chatila and Mehdi Khamassi), now postdoc at IIS, Universität Innsbruck.
  • Jean Bellot, PhD student (2015 - ISIR, with Mehdi Khamassi), now at Heuritech
  • Ignasi Cos, associate researcher (ISIR), now associate professor at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Charles Thurat, PhD student (2014 - ISIR), now at BNP Paribas
  • Steve N'Guyen, postdoc (LPPA, with Pr Berthoz), now at LaBRI
  • Alexandre Coninx, postdoc (ISIR), now at assistant professor at SorbonneUniversité.
  • Jean Liénard, PhD student (2013 - ISIR), postdoc (OIST, supervised with Kenji Doya), now at Heuritech
  • Mariella Dimiccoli, postdoc (LPPA, with Pr Berthoz & Pr Bennequin), now assistant professor at Barcelona University
  • David Tlalolini-Romero, postdoc (LPPA, with Pr Berthoz & LAAS, P. Souères).
  • Francis Colas, postdoc (LPPA), now researcher at INRIA
  • Fabien Flacher, postdoc (LPPA), now at Thales Digital Factory


  • Pr Kenji Doya (NCU, OIST, Japan)
  • Dr Laure Rondi-Reig & Dr Anne-Lise Paradis (NPA, ENMVIE)
  • Dr Andrea Brovelli (INT)
  • Dr Alain Marchand & Dr Etienne Coutureau (INCIA)
  • Dr Nicolas Rougier (Mnemosyne)
  • Dr Olga Davidenko & Dr Nicolas Darcel (AgroParisTech)
  • Pr David Cohen & Dr Marie Raffin (Pitié Salpêtrière & ISIR)
  • Dr Ghilès Mostafaoui (ETIS)