My research aims at understanding how tactile receptors and their associated nerve fibers encode information about contacted objects, and how the brain uses these signals to guide dexterous manipulation. Approaches include precise measurements of the skin response during object interactions, analysis and modeling of tactile afferent responses, and quantification of sensory outcomes. An important component of my work is the application of these insights towards the development of algorithms to electrically stimulate the nerve to restore somatosensory feedback in bionic hands.
I graduated as a Electro-mechanical engineer from Université catholique de Louvain (BS 2007, MS 2009) and I received a PhD in applied science (2014) from the same university for my work entitled "Skin mechanics involved in dynamic touch", this work was co-supervised by Jean-Louis Thonnard and Phillipe Lefèvre. During 2015-2018, I was a Post-Doctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, working with Sliman Bensmaia. During Sept 2018-Sept 2019, I was a FSR Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLouvain
During my free time, I like running (see Running section).
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TouchSimTouchSim is a Matlab package that simulates spiking responses from thousands of tactile afferents terminating on the palmar surface of the hand to arbitrary indentation of the skin (see Saal, Delhaye et al., PNAS, 2017 for details). The package is freely available for download.
I run most of my analyses on Matlab. I developed many utilities to make my life easier everyday.
You can find some of those script on my GitHub repository.
- 1500m : 4:58 (solo time trial)
- 5k : 18:15 (CARA Go Run at Washington's park)
- 10k : none
- Half-Marathon: 1:23:41 (Rockford Half-Marathon)
- Marathon : 3:08:52 (Grand Rapids Marathon)
Marathons I ran:
- Indianapolis (2015): 3:21:11 [link]
- Grand rapids (2016): 3:08:52 [link]
- Chicago (2017): 3:19:50 [link]
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