Supervision of PhD students

I am the supervisor of the following PhD theses that are currently in progress:

  • Lorenzo Garattoni Planning as an emergent property of a robot swarm May 2012
  • Ken Hasselmann Automatic design of robot swarms via fine-tunable hardware modules Co-supervisor: Frédéric Robert Aug 2016
  • Antoine Ligot Software modules for the automatic design of robot swarms Sep 2016
  • Muhammad Salman Hardware modules for the automatic design of robot swarms June 2017
  • David Alfredo Garzon Ramos A platform-independent approach for the automatic design of robot swarms Sep 2017

I am also co-supervisor or advisor of the following PhD theses currently in progress: Zhi "Eric" Yuan, Sabrina Moreira de Oliveira, Leslie Perez Caceres, Roman Miletitch, Dhananjay Ipparthi, Dimitri Van Assche, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

Past PhD students

as supervisor

  • Gianpiero Francesca A modular approach to the automatic design of control software for robot swarms. From a novel perspective on the reality gap to AutoMoDe Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2017

as co-supervisor

  • Arne Brutschy Enabling research on complex tasks in swarm robotics: Novel conceptual and practical tools Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2014
  • Jérémie Dubois-Lacoste Anytime local search for multi-objective combinatorial optimization: design, analysis and automatic configuration Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2014
  • Carlo Pinciroli On the design and implementation of an accurate, efficient, and flexible simulator for heterogeneous swarm robotics systems Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2014
  • Manuele Brambilla Formal methods for the design and analysis of robot swarms Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2014
  • Eliseo Ferrante Information transfer in a flocking robot swarm Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2013
  • Giovanni Pini Towards autonomous task partitioning in swarm robotics: experiments with foraging robots Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2013
  • Prasanna Balaprakash Estimation-based metaheuristics for stochastic combinatorial optimization: case studies in stochastic routing problems Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2010
  • Paola Pellegrini ACO: parameters, exploration and quality of solutions Università Ca' Foscari Venice, Italy 2007

as advisor

  • Gaëtan Podevijn Effects of the interaction with robot swarms on the human psychological state Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2017
  • Leonardo Bezerra A component-wise approach to multi-objective evolutionary algorithms: From flexible frameworks to automatic design Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2016
  • Andreagiovanni Reina Engineering swarm systems: A design pattern for the best-of-n decision problem Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2016
  • Mohamed Saifullah bin Hussin Stochastic local search algorithms for single and bi-objective quadratic assignment problems Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2015
  • Stefan Eppe Three contributions to the PROMETHEE II method Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2015
  • Luca Maria Gambardella Coupling ant colony system with local search Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2015
  • Julien Roland Inverse multi-objective combinatorial optimization Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2013
  • Marco Montes de Oca Incremental social learning in swarm intelligence systems Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2011
  • Alexandre Campo On the design of self-organized decision making in robot swarms Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2011
  • Rehan O'Grady Morphologically responsive self-assembling robots Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2010
  • Anders Christensen Fault detection in autonomous robots: endogenous fault detection through fault injection and learning — exogenous fault detection based on firefly-inspired synchronization Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2008
  • Jodelson A. Sabino Otimização com colônia de formigas aplicada à programação de operações de locomotivas de manobras Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2008

PhD examination committees

as president of the examination committee

  • Marco Montes de Oca Incremental social learning in swarm intelligence systems Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2011
  • Alexandre Campo On the design of self-organized decision making in robot swarms Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2011
  • Shervin Nouyan Teamwork in a swarm of robots - an experiment in search and retrieval Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2008

as member of the examination committee

  • Gianpiero Francesca A modular approach to the automatic design of control software for robot swarms. From a novel perspective on the reality gap to AutoMoDe Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2017
  • Gaëtan Podevijn Effects of the interaction with robot swarms on the human psychological state Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2017
  • Leonardo Bezerra A component-wise approach to multi-objective evolutionary algorithms: From flexible frameworks to automatic design Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2016
  • Gabriele Valentini The best-of-n problem in robot swarms Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2016
  • Andreagiovanni Reina Engineering swarm systems: A design pattern for the best-of-n decision problem Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2016
  • Miguel António Frade Duarte Engineering evolutionary control for real-world robotic systems University Institute of Lisbon Portugal 2016
  • Mohamed Saifullah bin Hussin Stochastic local search algorithms for single and bi-objective quadratic assignment problems Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2015
  • Luca Maria Gambardella Coupling ant colony system with local search Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2015
  • Manuel Castillo Cagigal A swarm intelligence approach based on coupled oscillators: an application in demand side management with photovoltaic distributed generation Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Spain 2014
  • Arne Brutschy Enabling research on complex tasks in swarm robotics: Novel conceptual and practical tools Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2014
  • Jérémie Dubois-Lacoste Anytime local search for multi-objective combinatorial optimization: design, analysis and automatic configuration Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2014
  • Carlo Pinciroli On the design and implementation of an accurate, efficient, and flexible simulator for heterogeneous swarm robotics systems Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2014
  • Manuele Brambilla Formal methods for the design and analysis of robot swarms Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2014
  • Julien Roland Inverse multi-objective combinatorial optimization Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2013
  • Eliseo Ferrante Information transfer in a flocking robot swarm Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2013
  • Tianjun Liao Population-based heuristic algorithms for continuous and mixed discrete-continuous optimization problems Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2013
  • Giovanni Pini Towards autonomous task partitioning in swarm robotics: experiments with foraging robots Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2013
  • Rehan O'Grady Morphologically responsive self-assembling robots Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2010
  • Matteo Gagliolo Online dynamic algorithm portfolios for solving decision problems Università della Svizzera Italiana Lugano, Switzerland 2010
  • Emmanuelle Vin Genetic algorithm applied to generalized cell formation problems Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2010
  • Prasanna Balaprakash Estimation-based metaheuristics for stochastic combinatorial optimization: case studies in stochastic routing problems Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2010
  • Olivier Caelen Sélection séquentielle en environnement aléatoire appliquée à l'apprentissage supervisé Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2009
  • Christophe Philemotte The Gestalt heuristic: dynamic and online meta-modeling as improvement method to the metaheuristic process Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2009
  • Christos Ampatzis On the evolution of autonomous time-based decision-making and communication in collective robotics Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2008
  • Anders Christensen Fault detection in autonomous robots: endogenous fault detection through fault injection and learning — exogenous fault detection based on firefly-inspired synchronization Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2008
  • Krzysztof Socha Ant colony optimization for continuous and mixed-variable domains Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2008
  • Roderich Groß Self-assembling robots Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2007
  • Leonora Bianchi Ant colony optimization and local search for the probabilistic traveling salesman problem: a case study in stochastic combinatorial optimization Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2006

Supervision and co-supervision of MAS students*

  • Arne Brutschy Task allocation in swarm robotics: towards a method for self-organized allocation to complex tasks Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2009
  • Giovanni Pini Towards collective robotics in a 3D space: simulation with Hand-bot robots Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2009
  • Eliseo Ferrante A control architecture for a heterogeneous swarm of robots: the design of a modular behavior-based architecture Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2009
  • Javier Martinez Gonzales Simulation of intelligent Hand-bot controllers: the implementation of a novel 3D simulation platform Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2008
  • Carlo Pinciroli Object retrieval by a swarm of ground based robots driven by aerial robots: the design of a multi-engine and multi-robot three-dimensional physics simulator Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2007
  • Prasanna Balaprakash Ant colony optimization under uncertainty: sampling and racing techniques for the probabilistic salesman problems Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2005
  • Max Manfrin Ant colony optimization for the vehicle routing problem Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 2004

*MAS = Master of advanced studies (former DEA)