Nithin MATHEWS

I am a Ph.D. student hosted at IRIDIA-CoDE --- the artificial intelligence research laboratory of the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. I am under the supervision of Prof. Marco Dorigo and was involved in the Swarmanoid project funded by the European Commission. Currently, my research is funded by Wallonia-Brussels-International through a Scholarship for Excellence grant.

In July 2008, I received an M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Freiburg in Germany with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. My Master's thesis was co-supervised by both Prof. Bernhard Nebel and Prof. Marco Dorigo.

Prior to that, in January 2006, I obtained a Graduate Engineer's degree [Dipl.-Ing] in Applied Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland. I wrote my degree dissertation at the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research.

You can reach me by email at nmathews@ulb.ac.be or by telephone at +32 2 650 31 70.
Nithin Mathews

Research Interests


Publications

C. Pinciroli, V. Trianni, R. O'Grady, G. Pini, A. Brutschy, M. Brambilla, N. Mathews, E. Ferrante, G. Di Caro, F. Ducatelle, M. Birattari, L. M. Gambardella, M. Dorigo. ARGoS: a modular, parallel, multi-engine simulator for multi-robot systems. Swarm Intelligence, 6(4):271-295, 2012. [ abstract ] [ bib ] [ doi ] [ pdf ]

N. Mathews, A. L. Christensen, R. O'Grady, and Marco Dorigo. Spatially Targeted Communication and Self-Assembly. Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2012). Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal. October 2012. [ abstract ] [ bib ] [ doi ] [ pdf ] [ watch ] [ download ] [ press ]
  • Best IROS 2012 Video Award Finalist.
  • More than 630,000 views on YouTube.

"Swarmanoid." Daily Planet. Prod. Cindy Bahadur. Discovery Channel Canada, Toronto, Canada. 27 Mar. 2012. [ synopsis ] watch ] [ download ]
  • Media coverage on the Swarmanoid project -- includes visuals from research carried out on "Supervised Morphogenesis".

N. Mathews, A. Stranieri, A. Scheidler, and Marco Dorigo. Supervised Morphogenesis - Morphology Control of Ground-based Self-Assembling Robots by Aerial Robots. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2012). Valencia, Spain. June 2012. [ abstract ] [ bib ] [ doi ] [ pdf ]

M. Dorigo, D. Floreano, L.M. Gambardella, F. Mondada, S. Nolfi, T. Baaboura, M. Birattari, M. Bonani, M. Brambilla, A. Brutschy, D. Burnier, A. Campo, A. L. Christensen, A. Decugnière, G. Di Caro, F. Ducatelle, E. Ferrante, A. Forster, J. Martinez Gonzales, J. Guzzi, V. Longchamp, S. Magnenat, N. Mathews, M. Montes de Oca, R. O'Grady, C. Pinciroli, G. Pini, P. Rétornaz, J. Roberts, V. Sperati, T. Stirling, A. Stranieri, T. Stützle, V.Trianni, E. Tuci, A. E. Turgut, and F. Vaussard. Swarmanoid: a novel concept for the study of heterogeneous robotic swarms. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine. 20(4):60-71, 2013. [ abstract ] [ bib ] [ pdf ]

M.Dorigo, M. Birattari, R. O'Grady, L. M. Gambardella, F. Mondada, D. Floreano, S. Nolfi, T. Baaboura, M. Bonani, M. Brambilla, A. Brutschy, D. Burnier, A. Campo, A. L. Christensen, A. Decugnière, G. Di Caro, F. Ducatelle, E. Ferrante, J. Martinez Gonzales, J. Guzzi, V. Longchamp, S. Magnenat, N. Mathews, M. Montes de Oca, C. Pinciroli, G. Pini, F. Rey, P. Rétornaz, J. Roberts, F. Rochat, V. Sperati, T. Stirling, A. Stranieri, T. Stützle, V. Trianni, E. Tuci, A. E. Turgut, and F. Vaussard. Swarmanoid, The Movie. [ press ] [ bib ] [ watch ]
  • Best Video Award @ AAAI-11 Video Competition (AIVC 2011). San Francisco, USA. September 2011.
  • Botsker Award for the Most Innovative Technology @ 2nd Annual Robot Film Festival. New York City, USA. July 2012.
  • Prix Wernaers 2012, Brussels, August 2012.
  • More than 410,000 views on YouTube.

N. Mathews, A. L. Christensen, R. O'Grady, P. Rétornaz, M. Bonani, F. Mondada, and M. Dorigo. Enhanced Directional Self-Assembly Based on Active Recruitment and Guidance. Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2011). San Francisco, USA. September 2011. [ abstract ] [ bib ] [ doi ] [ pdf ]
  • Symposium on (Self-)assembly from the Nano to the Macro Scale: State of the Art and Future Directions

C. Pinciroli, V. Trianni, R. O'Grady, G. Pini, A. Brutschy, M. Brambilla, N. Mathews, E. Ferrante, G. Di Caro, F. Ducatelle, T. Stirling, Á. Gutiérrez, L. M. Gambardella, and M. Dorigo. ARGoS: A Modular, Multi-Engine Simulator for Heterogeneous Swarm Robotics. Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2011). San Francisco, USA. September 2011. [ abstract ] [ bib ] [ doi ] [ pdf ]

E. Ferrante, A. E. Turgut, N. Mathews, M. Birattari, and M. Dorigo. Flocking in Stationary and Non-Stationary Environments: A Novel Communication Strategy for Heading Alignment. Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN XI). Krakow, Poland. September 2010. [ abstract ] [ bib ] [ doi ] [ pdf ]

N. Mathews, A. L. Christensen, R. O'Grady, and M. Dorigo. Cooperation in a Heterogeneous Robot Swarm through Spatially Targeted Communication. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence (ANTS 2010). Brussels, Belgium. September 2010. [ abstract ] [ bib ] [ doi ] [ pdf ]

M. A. Montes de Oca, E. Ferrante, N. Mathews, M. Birattari, and M. Dorigo. Opinion Dynamics for Decentralized Decision-Making in a Robot Swarm. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence (ANTS 2010). Brussels, Belgium. September 2010. [ abstract ] [ bib ] [ doi ] [ pdf ]
  • Nominated for the Best Paper Award

N. Mathews, A. L. Christensen, E. Ferrante, R. O'Grady, and M. Dorigo. Establishing Spatially Targeted Communication in a Heterogeneous Robot Swarm. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2010). Toronto, Canada. May 2010. [ abstract ] [ bib ] [ doi ] [ pdf ]
  • Nominated for the CoTeSys Best Robotics Paper Award

M. A. Montes de Oca, E. Ferrante, N. Mathews, M. Birattari, and M. Dorigo. Optimal collective decision-making through social influence and different action execution times. Proceedings of the Workshop on Organisation, Cooperation and Emergence in Social Learning Agents of the European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2009). Budapest, Hungary. September 2009. [ abstract ] [ bib ] [ pdf ]