My career began with the study of plant movements and their relation to environmental factors. Despite being seen as static and inert, plants display a large variety of movements to regulate their shape in a fluctuating environment. I developed a simple geometric framework that has been critical in the identification of local proprioception as a core feature of plants posture regulation, plants can perceive and modify their own shape.
Pursuing these studies on movements and perception, I realized that my tools could help to relate perception to the emergence of 3-dimensional collective movements in animals. Indeed, to organize collectively, each individual needs to perceive his neighbor and to move accordingly. Using collective virtual reality with humans and animals, I developped simple experiments.
My goal is now to understand our relation to objects and the transition towards social interaction in abstract context. At the CRI, I am developping an open platform for collective virtual reality of people so that anybody could develop and think in this virtual space.
Currently, my interests for science and art are merging. Ì am spending some time designing machines that can see and draw.