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.
Congratulations to Dr Aldo Encarnación Segura for obtaining his PhD from the University of Sheffield with a brilliant thesis on "Cellular decision-making models in yeast". A fantastic interdisciplinary quest that bridges biochemistry and collective behaviour. It has been a great pleasure to accompany you throughout your PhD studies, together with James Marshall and Thomas Bose. I wish you good luck with your career!
Congratulations to Dr Salah Talamali for obtaining his PhD from the University of Sheffield with a thesis on "Simple individual behavioural rules for improving the collective behaviours of robot swarms". His PhD project is a brilliant investigation on very simple rules at the individual robot level that lead to interesting swarm-level behaviours. It has been a pleasure to co-supervise you together with James Marshall. I wish you good luck with your position at UCL in London!
Excited to kick off my new 3 years Fellowship by FNRS on the project "Heterogeneity for Cost-Effective Robot Swarms". Looking forward to work again with Marco Dorigo and his team at IRIDIA, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies on Artificial Intelligence of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Brussels.
I am the Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Collective Decision Making in Natural and Artificial Systems to appear in the Swarm Intelligence journal. My co-editors are Eliseo Ferrante and Gabriele Valentini.
We received a good number of high quality manuscripts that we are evaluating with the fantastic help of our reviewers!