Francois Michaud

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To help children with autism develop social skills, we are investigating the use of mobile robotic toys that can move autonomously in the environment and interact in various manners (vocal messages, music, visual cues, movement, etc.), in a more predictable and less intimidating way. These interactions are designed to build up their self-esteem by(More)
Since 1999, a group of professors and students at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of the Université de Sherbrooke has been organizing a robot design contest. The challenge is to design a mobile robotic toy to help autistic children develop social and communication skills. The idea is to see how robots could help autistic children(More)
Planning with action concurrency under time and resources constraints and uncertainty is a challenging problem. Current approaches which rely on Markov Decision Processes and a discrete model for time and resources are limited by a blow-up of the search state-space. This paper presents a planner which is based on a classical forward search for solving this(More)
This paper describes our approach in designing an autonomous robot for the AAAI Mobile Robot Challenge, making the robot attend the National Conference on AI. The goal was to do a simplified version of the whole task, by integrating methodologies developed in various research projects conducted in our laboratory. Original contributions are the use of a(More)
The asymmetric unit of the title compound, (C7H10NO)2[SnBr6]·2H2O, contains one cation, one half-dianion and one lattice water mol-ecule. The [SnBr6](2-) dianion, located on an inversion center, exhibits a highly distorted octa-hedral coordination environment, with Sn-Br bond lengths ranging from 2.2426 (9) to 3.0886 (13) Å. In the crystal, O-H⋯Br, N-H⋯Br,(More)
Regular crystals of the title compound, (C(2)H(8)N)(2)[Sn(CH(3))(2)Cl(4)], were obtained by reacting SnMe(2)Cl(2) with (CH(3))(2)NH·HCl in ethanol in a 1:1 ratio. The Sn atom lies on a center of symmetry and is six-coordinated. It has a distorted octahedral SnC(2)Cl(4) environment with the Cl atoms in cis positions. The Cl atoms are connected to(More)
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