I am a FNRS Research Fellow in Collective Behaviour at the IRIDIA, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies on Artificial Intelligence, of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium. I am currently working on the FNRS project HECOROS—Heterogeneity for Cost-Effective Robot Swarms—with Prof. Marco Dorigo.
I am also a Visiting Fellow of the the University of Sheffield, in the UK, where I am Principal Investigator of the ONRG Swarm Awareness project together with Prof. James Marshall.
My research interests are collective decision making, swarm robotics and distributed cognition.
From 2015 to 2020, I was a Research Fellow in Collective Robotics at the Behavioural and Evolutionary Theory Lab of the University of Sheffield, in the UK, as part of the ERC project DiODe - Distributed Algorithms for Optimal Decision-Making led by Prof. James Marshall.
From 2011 to 2015, I conducted my research as Ph.D. student at IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium, under the supervision of Prof. Marco Dorigo and Dr. Vito Trianni.
My Ph.D. work has been part of the two European Projects E-SWARM - Engineering Swarm Intelligence Systems and DICE - Distributed Cognition Engineering.
Before joining IRIDIA, I collaborated with IDSIA (Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence) in Lugano, Switzerland, from November 2009 till April 2011, within the context of the European Project (FP6) Swarmanoid. Here, I initially conducted my master thesis under the supervision of Prof. Luca Gambardella and Dr. Gianni Di Caro. Then, after graduation, I prolonged my research collaboration of a few months. My work at IDSIA focused on the use of a ceiling camera network to perform distributed path planning for ground robots.
I conducted my bachelor and master studies at Politecnico di Milano - Department of Electronics and Information in the campus of Como, Italy, where I specialised in robotics, artificial intellidence and web technologies. I graduated with a first class honours Master of Science Degree in Computer Engineering.
During my studies, I worked for one year on the EU Project: PHAROS (Platform for searcHing of Audiovisual Resources across Online Spaces). A part of the work has been conducted in Milano (Italy) at WebModels srl, and another part at Microsoft (Fast Search & Transfer) in Oslo, Norway, thanks to a European scholarship.
I happily grew up in Como, my hometown, which is situated in the North of Italy.
James and I have published the article "Negative feedback may suppress variation to improve collective foraging performance" to PLoS Computational Biology. In our work, we suggest an additional function for negative feedback signals during foraging in social insects, variance reduction.
Very happy to welcome Thierry-Sainclair Njougouo who joined the University of Namur to begin his 2-year postdoc on "Modelling collective decision making in robot swarms through hypergraph theory", under the joint supervision of Elio Tuci, Timoteo Carletti, and myself. Looking forward to building cool models and improving our robot swarms together! Welcome Thierry!!
Magnitude-sensitivity: a simple result offering a window into fundamental issues in decision-making and leading to a reconsideration of prominent computational and optimal models of decision-making. Our review "Magnitude-sensitivity: rethinking decision-making" has hit the front page of
Trends of Cognitive Sciences.
Thanks to my amazing co-authors, Angelo, Tom, James, and Fernand, for writing this nice article with me!
A warm welcome to Raina Zakir who starts her PhD studies under my supervision (together with Marco Dorigo) at IRIDIA, ULB. Her studies will focus on "Resiliency of collective decision making in robot swarms", with a scholarship funded by TRAIL — Walloon Trusted AI Labs — with the ARIAC Project.