Modelling of Learning


Our group pushes forward embodiment and bio-inspiration toward cognitive and social robots, autonomous and embodied AI. We investigate biological models for human-level cognition and interact with developmental psychologists and neuroscientists.

Cognitive and Bio-inspired AI&Robotics

Our research is organized around five themes: BRAIN modeling, AUTONOMOUS control, COGnitive robotics, HEALTH robot caregiver and modeling, BODY bio-inspiration for robotics & AI.

Our group currently comprises 12 permanent members and 8 PhD students.


Junior Professor Chair, ENSEA

Junior Professor Chair, CY Cergy Paris University

Associate Professor (HDR), CY Cergy Paris University

MCF HDR, CYU, Neuro Group Leader

Full Professor, CYU INEX Chair Neuroscience and Robotics, Acting Director of ETIS

MCF, CY Cergy Paris Université

PU, CY Cergy Paris Université

PU, CY Cergy Paris Université

Research areas


Neural architectures and brain models


Developmental, cognitive, affective / social robotics


Autonomous control for robots, drones and vehicles


HMI and models of physical and mental health conditions


Embodied, soft and bio-inspired robotics

Open Jobs /PhD / Internships at NEUROCYBER team

Current projects

Hybrid Neural Networks: combining artificial and spiking neural networks to enhance life-long continuous learning in autonomous agents and robots

  • Funding Postodoc Fellow: Dr. Cristian Jimenez-Romero
  • Primary supervisor: Thanos Manos
  • Co-host team: Yulia Timofeeva & Hongkai Wen (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Project collaborators at NEUROCYBER team: Mathias Quoy, Nicolas Cuperlier, Philippe Gaussier
  • Brazilian PIs: Vitor Nascimento (USP), Cintia Borges Margi (USP), Rodrigo C. Delamare (PUC-Rio)

Slow and low dimensional dynamics in the brain

  • PI: Alessandro Torcini (LTPM)
  • Project members at ETIS: Thanos Manos & Mathias Quoy
  • Other partners: G. Mongilllo, A. Ferrara (Institut de la Vision, Paris), A. Bacci, A. Aguirre and J. Zorrilla de San Martin (Institut du Cerveau, Paris), S. Olmi (Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi CNR (Sesto Fiorentino, Italy), F. Tixidre (LPTM)
  • Funding: PhD candidate Alejandro Calleja Carballosa (LPTM)

Leveraging neurocomputational models to extract the intracerebral conduction velocity as a novel non-invasive marker of information processing speed in multiple sclerosis

  • Partners: CY Cergy Paris University, France and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
  • Supervisors: Thanos Manos (ETIS) & Van.Schependom (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Funding: PhD student Gaia Zin

Neural network structure, onset and propagation of epileptic seizures

  • Partners: CY Cergy Paris University, France and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
  • Supervisors: Thanos Manos, Mathias Quoy (ETIS) & Yulia Timofeeva (University of Warwick)
  • Funding: PhD student Juliette Courson

News and upcoming events of our team

The other ETIS teams

Information, Communication and Imaging

Smart Embedded Systems

Multimedia Indexing & Data Integration