Maëlic Neau

About Me

Robotics Researcher & Machine Learning Enthusiast

  • Age:
  • Degree: Master in Computer Science
  • Current: PhD Candidate
  • Phone: +61 421 432 688
  • Email:
  • City: Adelaide, Australia

I am currently a PhD candidate in a cotutelle agreement between the Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Brest (ENIB), France and Flinders University, South Australia. I am also part of the new international and multidisciplinary laboratory for Human-Autonomous Agent Teaming IRL CROSSING as part of the CNRS initiative to promote joint research between France and Australia. I am working on Scene Understanding and Knowledge Representation to make an autonomous robotic agent detect and fulfill basic human needs in domestic environments. I am also interested in the development of machine learning algorithms for Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing for Social Robotics. Finally, I am World Champion of the international competition for domestic service robots (RoboCup@Home - Social Standard Platform League) in 2022.


Here are my main achievements from the past few years.


  • Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Leadership and Scholarly Excellence Award - Flinders University, 2023

Robotics Competitions


Personal Projects

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  • Current
  • Past

Students Supervision

  • Nilesh Ramgolan Real-time object detection in the RoboCup@Home competition: the few-shot learning perspective.  2023
  • Sinuo Wang RoboNLU: Advancing Command Understanding with a Novel Lightweight BERT-based Approach for Service Robotics.  2023
  • Thomas Ung Development and integration of onboard ROS modules for an autonomous agent participating in the RoboCup@Home.  2022
  • Valentin Lopez & Trajano Mena Speech-To-Text on the edge: benchmarking solutions for the Pepper robot.   2022

Scientific Publications



You can download a full pdf version of my resume here


Maëlic Neau

PhD student in Computer Science with work experience in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, in France and abroad.

  • Adelaide, South Australia
  • +61 421 432 688


PhD in Computer Science

2021 - ...

ENIB, Brest - France / Flinders University, Adelaide - Australia

Topic: "Multi-modal Analysis and Learning of Human Interactions by a Socially Aware Agent: Detecting and Fulfilling Needs"

Supervisors: Cédric Buche (CNRS / ENIB), Paulo Santos (Flinders University), Anne-Gwenn Bosser (ENIB) and Karl Sammut (Flinders University)

Master of Computer Science

2019 - 2021

Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest - France / Umeå University, Umeå - Sweden

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Bachelor of Computer Science

2018 - 2019

Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest - France

2 years degree in Computer Science

2016 - 2018

IUT de Lannion, Lannion - France

Professional Experience

Casual Academic

February - June 2023

Flinders University, South Australia

  • Tutoring for lab session
  • Course: COMP8802 Fundamentals of Computational Intelligence
  • Level: Master Degree

Research Intern

February - August 2021

Lab-STICC / ENIB - Plouzané, France

  • Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) with Pepper robot using Natural Language Procesing (NLP) and Commonsense Reasoning
  • Objects Recognition and Manipulation with Toyota HSR robot
  • Third place at the 2021 RoboCup@Home Competition
  • Supervisor: Pr. Cédric Buche

Research Intern

April - August 2020

Lab-STICC / ENIB - Plouzané, France

  • Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) with ROS (Robot Operating System) and Pepper robot.
  • Best Performance Award at the 2020 RoboCup@Home Education Challenge.
  • Supervisor: Pr. Cédric Buche

Research Intern

May - July 2018

Northern Kentucky University - Highland Heights, USA

  • Artificial Intelligence applied to Software Engineering
  • Supervisor: Pr. Richard Fox




+61 421 432 688


IRL CROSSING, 11 Victoria Dr, Adelaide SA 5000