Attending the fantastic Embodied Intelligence Workshop. A line of speakers absolutely extraordinary!! A big THANK YOU to the organisers for offering this brilliant event free of charge.
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!
Presenting my work in progress on "Inflexible minorities prevent group consensus and cross-inhibition restores agreement" at R2T2: Robotics Research for Tomorrow's Technology, a work done in collaboration with Raina Zakir. Honoured to be presenting my work among a great group of speakers! and thanks, TII, for organising this great free event.
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.
Attending the conference ANTS 2020. My co-author Heiko Hamann will present our work "Guerrilla Performance Analysis for Robot Swarms: Degrees of Collaboration and Chains of Interference Events". The ANTS conference remains a great event to meet some of the best scientists in swarm intelligence.
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!
Check out my virtual poster presentation for the Animal Behavior Live conference. James Marshall and I looked at how "Negative feedback may suppress variation to improve collective foraging performance". A theoretical study that may explain why negative feedback evolved in social insect foraging.
Invited as lecturer at the Workshop at the Mathematical Center in Akademgorodok of the University of Novosibirsk, for the project "Model of opinion dynamics in complex systems with one centralised communication channel". Thank you, Alexey Medvedev, for the kind invitation. It has been fun!
I have been invited as a speaker to the mini-symposium on "Multi-scale Models of Decision-making" of the conference SIAM Life Sciences 2020. The conference, due to COVID-19 restrictions, will happen online, please check my talk scheduled for June 24th, 2020
Please check our new preprint "Scalability in Computing and Robotics" by Heiko Hamann and myself on arXiv, and send us your comments on it! We are happy to know what you think about it and include suggestions in the new version of it.
Unfortunately, the Conference on Collective Decision Making which was planned for May 20th-21st, 2020, in Sheffield, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Invited lecture at the naXys, the Namur Institute For Complex Systems of the University of Namur in Belgium. Thank you, Elio Tuci and Timoteo Carletti for the invitation. It has also been a nice occasion to meet in person Duccio Fanelli, with whom I look forward to collaborating. :-)
Invited lecture at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi, India.
Invited lecture at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal (IISER). Thank you, Sujit, for the invitation!
Invited lecture at the Research Center on Animal Cognition (CRCA), part of the Center for Integrative Biology in Toulouse (CBI Toulouse, CNRS), France. Thanks to the IVEP team of Raphael Jeanson and Audrey Dussutour for the great hospitality and the opportunity to meet your lab members.
Pleased to give an invited talk at the mini-symposium organised by Takashi Ikegami and Hemma Philamore on "Swarm Intelligence in AI and ALife" in Okinawa. It has been a very nice and productive meeting!!
Thanks to the General Chair, Marco Dorigo, for the great opportunity to serve as a Guest Editor for Swarm Intelligence. The first part of the edited issues is out in November 2019 with a collection of great articles.
The article "Comparison of magnitude-sensitive sequential sampling models in a simulation-based study" has been accepted for publication on the Journal of Mathematical Psychology. Congratulations to all the co-authors.
Great news for people that like models but don't want too much maths. Our article that describes MuMoT, the "Multiscale Modelling Tool: Mathematical Modelling of Collective Behaviour without the Maths" has been accepted today for publication on PLoS ONE. Try MuMoT and enjoy modelling github.com/DiODeProject/MuMoT.
Just accepted out latest paper on collective resource collection by a robot swarm inspired by pheromone foraging in ants. The robots follow a behaviour simpler than real ants but display a similar collective behaviour. Out now on Swarm Intelligence, titled "Sophisticated Collective Foraging with Minimalist Agents: A Swarm Robotics Test" by M.S. Talamali et al.
Happy to have hosted at Sheffield Robotics for 5 days the visiting researcher Dr. Michal Pluháček from Tomas Bata University in Zlín. We improved the cool algorithms that he designed to allow Kilobots play the game of life. Cool stuff.
Great! The article titled "Coherent collective behaviour emerging from decentralised balancing of social feedback and noise", by I. Rausch, A. Reina, P. Simoens, and Y. Khaluf, has been accepted in the journal Swarm Intelligence (Springer). Congratulations to all the co-authors of this article!!
Glad to have hosted at Sheffield Robotics for 4+ months the visiting researcher Dr. Yara Kalhuf from Ghent University. It has been great to have you here! :-)
Supervision of the student Stefan Balan together with Roderich Gross in the SURE Project on "Differences in efficency between a Kilobot Soft Robot and a Kilobot Rigid Robot". Cool.
Best Poster Award at the 2019 Sheffield Robotics Showcase at the University of Sheffield. Happy that my work has been appreciated by the audience and the jury.
The short paper titled "A Soft-Bodied Modular Reconfigurable Robotic System Composed of Interconnected Kilobots" by Federico Pratissoli, Andreagiovanni Reina, Yuri Kaszubowski Lopes, Lorenzo Sabattini, and Roderich Gross has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems (MRS 2019). Well Done!!
I will attend NetSci 2019 (the International Conference on Network Science) in Burlington, Vermont where I will present our study on how Linear locally Bayes-optimal confidence-weighting can explain information cascades in group decision-making.
See you there!
I will attend ICRA 2019 (the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation) in Montreal where my PhD student, Salah Talamali, will present his study "Improving collective decision accuracy via time-varying cross-inhibition";
and my MSc student, Francesco Canciani, will present his study "Keep calm and vote on:
Swarm resiliency in collective decision making".
See you there!
The article titled "Frequency-sensitivity and magnitude-sensitivity in decision-making: a computational study" by Thomas Bose, Freya Bottom, Andreagiovanni Reina, and James Marshall has been accepted in the Computational Brain & Behavior journal (Springer). Well Done!!
The short article "Keep calm and vote on: Swarm resiliency in collective decision making", by F. Canciani, M.S. Talamali, J.A.R. Marshall, and A. Reina has been accepted for presentation at the Workshop: Resilient Robot Teams of ICRA 2019, the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, held in Montreal, on 24th May.
The student Francesco Canciani, under my supervision and with co-supervision from James Marshall, Salah Talamali, and Francesco Amigoni, successfully defended his MSc Thesis titled "Swarm Resiliency in Collective Decision-Making" from Politecnico di Milano (Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering)!
Francesco worked on his final-year MSc project for 6 months at Sheffield Robotics. He did a great job and all the team was very happy to have him around.
Congratulations Francesco for your well deserved success, and Good Luck with your future!
Contributing as Associate Editor to IROS 2019, the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Macau (November, 3-9, 2019).
The student Federico Pratissoli, supervised by Lorenzo Sabattini, Roderich Gross, myself, and Yuri Kaszubowski Lopes, successfully defended his MSc Thesis titled "The Kilobot Soft Robot: A Soft-Bodied Modular Reconfigurable Robotic System" from Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Department of Science and Engineering)!
Federico conducted his thesis at Sheffield Robotics with us and the Sheffield's Kilobot swarm. He did an excellent job with extraordinary results!!
Congratulations Federico! and Good Luck with your Career!
The article "Improving collective decision accuracy via time-varying cross-inhibition", by M.S. Talamali, J.A.R. Marshall, T. Bose, and A. Reina has been accepted for publication as a full paper on the Proceedings of ICRA 2019, the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, held in Montreal, on 20-24th May.
The article titled "Inhibition and excitation shape activity selection: effect of oscillations in a decision-making circuit" by Thomas Bose, Andreagiovanni Reina, and James Marshall has been accepted in the Neural Computation journal (the MIT Press). Well Done!!
Happy to start the project "A Robot Swarm Orchestra" based on robots, music, and art with Gianmarco Pisanelli at Sheffield Robotics funded by the OnCampUS Placements framework by the University of Sheffield.
Glad to receive a promotion to Research Fellow in Collective Robotics at the University of Sheffield.
Invited talk "AI: a bridge towards the future" (in Italian, "Intelligenza Artificiale: un ponte verso il futuro") at Centro Culturale Luigi Padovese in Cucciago (CO), Italy. General public talk about AI, its successes, its limits, and its impact to the society. Open discussion in company of Dr Mauro Ceroni, Associate Professor at University of Pavia.
Today, I appeared mentioning the use of swarm robotics for artificial pollination as part of the show "Indovina chi viene a cena" broadcasted on the Italian National TV Rai 3.
Our paper "Quality-sensitive foraging by a robot swarm through virtual pheromone trails" has been awarded as the Best Paper of ANTS 2018, the 11th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence. This year quality of papers and competition was very high, resulting in a great ANTS 2018 conference!! Thanks everyone!
I am delighted to be the Publication Chair of ANTS 2018, the Eleventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, which will be held on October 29-31, 2018 in Rome, Italy.
Participating to the international workshop "Swarm Robotics: Pushing the state of the art in Rome. A great opportunity to meet colleagues and friends, and attending fantastic talks.
The student Francesco Canciani from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) started his six months visit to Sheffield Robotics. Francesco will do his MSc thesis project under the supervision of myself and James on "swarm resiliency in collective decision-making". Welcome, Francesco!
Invited lecture at the IDLAB of the Department of Information Technology at the Ghent University, in Belgium titled "Decentralised Value-Sensitive Decision Making: From Bees to Robots".
James Marshall and I have been awarded the basic research grant Swarm Awareness from the ONRG.
The Swarm Awareness project aims to endow a swarm with awareness of its own state, thus allowing individual agents to reach a consensus on the global swarm state. Particular examples of states to measure are swarm size (number of agents), fraction of the swarm committed to a unique decision (quorum), and super-threshold decision (decision-state).
My Google Scholar profile reached h-index 10. Happy to see that my studies are receiving attention from the scientific community.
Going to present the work "Studying Psychophysical Laws in the Superorganism through a Novel Automated Analysis Tool" at the 11th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ECMTB 2018) which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 23 to 27 July, 2018.
We went to showcase the Sheffield Robotics research at the BlueDot festival. Very intense four days.
Great festival, great people, great bands!!
Just accepted the invitation as Guest Editor for the ANTS 2018 special issue of Swarm Intelligence, Springer.
The article "Quality-sensitive foraging by a robot swarm through virtual pheromone trails", by A. Font Llenas, M.S. Talamali, X. Xu, J.A.R. Marshall, and A. Reina has been accepted for publication as a full paper on the Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ANTS 2018).
The article "Simulating Kilobots within ARGoS: models and experimental validation", by C. Pinciroli, M.S. Talamali, A. Reina, J.A.R. Marshall and V.Trianni has been accepted for publication as a full paper on the Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ANTS 2018).
The student Trisha A. Dela Luna from Sheffield Hallam University will do her MSc thesis with us on a project titled "Emergence of traffic lanes in a robot swarm" under the co-supervision of myself, Salah Talamali, Prof. James Marshall, and Dr. Xu Xu. Welcome Trisha!
The Conference on Collective Behaviour held at ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics) of Trieste has been fantastic! The scientific level was exceptionally high and it has been great to meet so many good researchers all in one place. If you want to see my talk, it is available at this link: http://indico.ictp.it/event/8307/session/1/contribution/17/material/video/.
The PhD student Salah Talamali, who is supervised by James Marshall and me, has successfully passed his First Year Confirmation Review and starts his second year of PhD studies. Congratulations, Salah!
Invited lecture "Collective decision-making: from bees to robots" at the course COM6009 Modelling and Simulation of Natural Systems. Thanks, Dr Dawn Walker for the invitation.
Today, it has been broadcasted my interview on the BBC Radio Sheffield about my recent work on Psychophysical Laws and the Superorganism published in Scientific Reports.
The student Anna Font Llenas, supervised by Dr. Xu Xu, myself, Salah Talamali, and Prof. James Marshall, successfully defended her Master Thesis in Automation, Control and Robotics from Sheffield Hallam University! Congratulations Anna! and Good Luck for your future!
Contributing as Associate Editor to IROS 2018, the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Madrid (October, 1-5, 2018).
I am happy to start a new project based on robot and art in collaboration between the Department of Computer Science of the University of Sheffield and the Sheffield Institute of Arts of Sheffield Hallam University. The project is partially funded by the OnCampUS Placements framework by the University of Sheffield. The project aims to create an art performance in which hundreds of Kilobot robots will perform as artists.
During the invited lecture titled "A Tool for Automated Analysis of Collective Behaviour Models" at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (joint seminar IRIDIA and Unit of Social Ecology), I will present the new open-source software that we developed to help everyone with the analysis of collective behaviours.
During the month of November 2017, I gave invited lectures titled "Decentralised Value-Sensitive Decision Making: From Bees to Robots" in three prestigious laboratories of Japan: the Matsuno Lab at the Kyoto University (Nov 2), the Ohkura Laboratory of the Hiroshima University (Nov 6), and the Ikegami Laboratory of the University of Tokyo (Nov 8). I am glad I had the opportunity to meet with researchers of these groups, as well as to discover some of the Japanese culture. It has been fantastic! Thank you everyone for inviting me! and finally thank you, Prof. Kiyohiko Hattori, for helping me during my lovely Japanese journey.
Attending the SWARM 2017: The 2nd International Symposium on Swarm Behavior and Bio-Inspired Robotics which will be held in Kyoto, Japan. I will present our study on Psychophysical Laws in the Superorganism.
Attended the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017), held in Vancouver, Canada. I presented ARK, Augmented Reality for Kilobots, published on IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 2(3): 1755-1761 (2017) by A. Reina, A.J. Cope, E. Nikolaidis, J.A.R. Marshall, C. Sabo. Online video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0KvPzhOSDo
The student Eleftherios Nikolaidis, supervised by Dr. Tzekis Panagiotis, myself, and Prof. James Marshall, successfully defended his Bachelor Thesis titled "Creation of an overhead controller for the Kilobots and collective behavior" from Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki! Congratulations Eleftherios! and Good Luck with your MSc in Surrey!
Organised the minisymposium on Collective Decision Making at MMEE 2017, Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution in London.
I started the co-supervision (with James Marshall) of the PhD student Salah Talamali who joined the DiODe team to investigate "The role of heterogeneity in collective decision making in robot swarms"!! Welcome Salah!
The article "A model of the best-of-N nest-site selection process in honeybees", by A. Reina, J.A.R. Marshall, V. Trianni, and T. Bose has been accepted for publication on Physical Review E. The article has been selected as Editors' Suggestion and included in the Research Highlights of Nature Physics.
The article "ARK: Augmented Reality for Kilobots", by A. Reina, A.J. Cope, E. Nikolaidis, J.A.R. Marshall, and C. Sabo has been accepted for publication on IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.
The article "Scheduling the Access to Shared Space in Multi-Robot Systems", by Y. Khaluf, C. Markarian, P. Simoens, A. Reina is accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and multi-agents systems (PAAMS'17).
The article "Collective Decision-Making", by T. Bose, A. Reina, and J.A.R. Marshall, has been accepted for publication on Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.
Contributing as Associate Editor to IROS 2017, the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.
Today, it we recorded a video for the BBC Radio 1 show "Can A Robot Replace Ed Sheeran? which features hundreds of Kilobots from Sheffield Robotics. I coordinated the demo and the video recording.
The student Salah Talamali, supervised by Dr. Hongwei Zhang, Prof. James Marshall, and myself, successfully defended his Master Thesis titled Automatic calibration for scalable collective robotics and brilliantly completed his studies with Distinction, 77%! Congratulations Salah! Well Done!!!
Season greetings from the DiODe team and the Kilobots at Sheffield Robotics.
Presenting our work "Effects of Spatiality on Value-Sensitive Decisions Made by Robot Swarms", A. Reina, T. Bose, V. Trianni, J.A.R. Marshall, at DARS, the 13th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems at the Natural History Museum in London, UK.
Invited talk "Decentralised decision making in honeybees and in artificial swarms" at the Swarm Lab headed by Simon Garnier at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Cool lab with a mix of robots and slime molds.
DiODe Group trip to the University of Princeton to visit the project collaborators: Naomi Leonard, Phil Holmes, Jon Cohen and their groups. Four days sharing ideas, planning future steps and interacting with amazing scientists. Among others we also met Nathaniel Daw, Debora Gordon and Corina Tarnita. What a great trip. Looking forward to fruitful collaborations.
Leading a team of five people composed of Alex Cope, Chelsea Sabo, Eleftherios Nikolaidis, Salah Talamali and Michael Port with the goal of building an augmented reality arena for our kilobot swarm. Let's try!
Presented our studies on decentralised decision making at the researcher night. We got the attention of children and adults through our 80 robot swarm! A nice evening!
The student Eleftherios Nikolaidis, from Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITHE), Greece, joined the DiODe group through an Erasmus Internship Scholarship of 6 months. I will guide him to build new IR boards to communicate with our robot swarm!! Welcome!
Attending the conference ANTS 2016, the 10th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence in Brussels. A great opportunity to visit colleagues and see inspiring talks like the one of Iain Couzin!
The paper "Effects of Spatiality on Value-Sensitive Decisions Made by Robot Swarms" by A. Reina, T. Bose, V. Trianni and J.A.R. Marshall is accepted at the 13th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems.
Presenting "Swarm deadlock for symmetric choices over three or more options" at SAB 2016, the 14th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior in Aberystwyth. Thank you, Elio Tuci, for the hospitality.
Presenting our work "A model of the honeybee best-of-N nest-site selection process" at the 6th congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology in Exeter.
The student Salah Talamali from Sheffield Hallam University will do his MSc thesis with me and James on "Automatic calibration for scalable collective robotics". Welcome!
Open position as a Research Associate in Collective Robotics for 1 year within the ERC project "DiODe: Distributed Algorithms for Optimal Decision-Making" led by Prof. James Marshall at the University of Sheffield, UK.
The post holder will have the opportunity to work with a 1,000 robot swarm in an internationally-leading research environment (the Department of Computer Science was ranked 5th in the UK as part of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework evaluations).
We are looking for outstanding candidates that have (or are about to receive) a PhD in Computer Science or Electronic Engineering, experience of designing and developing electronic circuit boards, and experience of device firmware programming.
More information can be found at: https://t.co/6H92Stt79c
Application deadline: August 11th, 2016
I obtained my PhD title! Finally! I'm Happy of the achievement!
Demonstration of an experiment with 100 kilobots at the conference TAROS during the visit at the Sheffield Robotics Lab.
Presenting the work Emergence of Consensus in a Multi-Robot Network: from Abstract Models to Empirical Validation, by V. Trianni, D. De Simone, A. Reina, A. Baronchelli at ICRA 2016 in Stockholm.
Took part of the outreach event with the Sheffield Robotics Outreach event organised by Chelsea Sabo. Thank you for this beautiful opportunity.
Visiting Prof. Peter Swain and his laboratory at the University of Edinburgh. Fantastic occasion to see research at the cutting edge of cellular decision making.
Attending the Research Away Day of the Department of Computer Science. A nice opportunity to meet colleagues working on interesting things few steps away.
Showcase of one of my experiments with a swarm of robots at the Discovery Night. A lot of interested people and the kids loved it!! :-)
Visiting the project collaborator Sander van Doorn and his group for putting the basis for a collaboration on cellular decision making studies.
Contributing as Associate Editor to IROS 2016, the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.
Accepted journal paper V. Trianni, D. De Simone, A. Reina, A. Baronchelli. Emergence of Consensus in a Multi-Robot Network: from Abstract Models to Empirical Validation. Robotics and Automation Letters, IEEE, vol.PP, no.99, pp.1, 2016.
Now online our journal article: A. Reina, G. Valentini, C. Fernàndez-Oto, M. Dorigo and V. Trianni. A design pattern for decentralised decision making. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0140950, 2015. Congratulations to all the co-authors, and a special thanks to Vito for the exceptional guidance in pursuing this research path and achieving this exceptional result!
Start new position as Research Associate in Collective Robotics at the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Prof. James Marshall. I am currently involved in the ERC project DiODe - Distributed Algorithms for Optimal Decision-Making.
I gave a short seminar at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (ISTC-CNR), in Rome titled "A cognitive design pattern for decentralised decision making".
The article titled "AutoMoDe-Chocolate: automatic design of control software for robot swarms", with authors G. Francesca, M. Brambilla, A. Brutschy, L. Garattoni, R. Miletitch, G. Podevijn, A. Reina, T. Soleymani, M. Salvaro, C. Pinciroli, F. Mascia, V. Trianni and M. Birattari, has been accepted in the international journal Swarm Intelligence (Springer). Congratulations to all the co-authors of this article!!
The article "A quantitative micro-macro link for collective decision: the shortest path discovery/selection example", with authors A. Reina, R. Miletitch, M. Dorigo and V. Trianni, has been accepted in the international journal Swarm Intelligence (Springer). Congratulations to all the co-authors of this article!!
The paper "Augmented reality for robots: virtual sensing technology applied to a swarm of e-pucks" has been accepted to the IEEE 2015 NASA/ESA Conference of Adaptive Hardware and Systems that will take place in Montreal (Canada) on June 15-18, 2015. Congratulations to all the co-authors of this article!!
The student Mattia Salvaro, which has been supervised by Prof. Michela Milano, Dr. Mauro Birattari, myself and Gianpiero Francesca, successfully defended his Master Thesis titled Virtual sensing technology applied to a swarm of autonomous robots obtaining the maximum grade for his thesis work. Congratulations Mattia! Well Done!!!
First lesson of the course Swarm Intelligence (INFO-H-414) in which I am teaching assistant.