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History (past work)

My past research focused on methods for task allocation and division of labour in a group of robots.

At the beginning, I implemented a mechanism for division of labour in a group of robots. The particular algorithm was inspired by ants' foraging behaviour. I studied its characteristics and features in a set of experiments with real robots and in simulation.

The knowledge obtained by this work was used then to compare different solutions to the division-of-labour problem. Different algorithms from the literature were adapted for a prey retrieval task and tested in common and fair environment. The experiments allow us to draw reliable conclusions about which is the most efficient or the most performing algorithm.

Conferences attended

Name Location Dates
From Worker to Colony: Understanding the Organisation of Insect Societies Cambridge, UK December 7-8, 2001
IEEE International Conference on System, Man and Cybernetics (SMC2002) Hammamet, Tunisia October 6-9, 2002
Third International Workshop on Ants Algorithm (ANTS 2002) Brussels, Belgium September 12-14, 2002
First International Workshop on Biologically Inspired Approaches to Advanced Information Technology (Bio-ADIT2004) Lausanne, Switzerland January 29-30, 2004
Seventh International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS04) Toulouse, France June 23-25, 2004
Fourth International Worhshop on Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence Brussels, Belgium September 5-8, 2004

Summer schools

Name Location Dates
Summer School on Co-operative Robotics Lisbon, Portugal September 2-7, 2002


Name of the lab visited Location Dates
Department of Computer Science 7 - Computer Networks and Communication Systems - Elangen-Nürnberg University Erlangen, Germany November 1, 2005 - Now

Paper published

The complete list is here.

Papers submitted

Title Journal/Conference Download link Bibtex link
Division of Labour in a Group of Robots Inspired by Ants’ Foraging Behaviour ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS) NA NA
SWARM-BOT: Design and Implementation of Colonies of Self-assembling Robots Artificial Intelligence Journal NA NA

Technical reports

See here.

Contributions to the lab life

Not many ;-)

Just a couple of things on the server, the cluster and on a couple of computers....

Holidays taken during the PhD studies

Not so many, just a couple of weekends in Germany :-)