Sony Computer Science Laboratory - Paris (CSL Paris) was founded in 1996 and is a small but booming research cell, focusing on four areas: personal music experience, computational neuroscience, developmental cognitive robots, and self-organising communication systems.
Research in Personal Music Experience focuses on the future of musical listening by building prototypes of interactive devices and ethnographic experiments to see what people find exciting in music and how new ways of listening integrate in their lives.
The Computational Neuroscience group uses mathematical and computational techniques to make realistic models of the brain, in particular the cerebellum. This is expected to yield radically new ideas for building adaptive machines with life-like learning behavior.
The Developmental Cognitive Robotics group tries to work out a scenario in which an autonomous embodied robot in interaction with the environment, other robots, and human beings, can bootstrap cognitive behavior and intelligence.
Research in self-organising communication systems investigates through computational simulations and mathematical models how a group of autonomous agents could be able to invent and negotiate a communication system similar to human natural languages.
CSL Paris plays a leading role in the areas it has chosen to be active in. It produces a steady stream of papers in the most prestigious journals and conferences. The lab is viewed as highly innovative and plays a leading role in European IT research.