David Garzón Ramos

PhD student in Swarm Robotics

Biographical sketch

I received an degree in Electronics Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia, in 2014, a master's degree on Automation and Robotics from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, in 2016, and a master's degree on Engineering and Industrial Automation from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia, in 2022. Since 2017, I am pursuing a PhD on Engineering and Technology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.

I started my research activities in 2011 at the Laboratorio de Propiedades Ópticas de los Materiales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia, under the supervision of Prof. Carlos Vargas Hernández. During this period, I worked on applied physics and I focused my research on the development of UV sensors.

In 2014, I joined the Robotics & Cybernetics group under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Barrientos Cruz, at the Centre for Automation and Robotics, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. The same year, I also started as an intern in the Aerospace Systems and Control Section at SENER Engineering Group, Spain.  My career as roboticist began during this period. At that time I focused my research on the guidance navigation and control of small unmanned ground vehicles, and on the development of strategies to coordinate groups of them.

In 2017, I joined the team of Prof. Mauro Birattari to investigate the design of collective behaviors for robot swarms via optimization.

Since 2020, I am also a guest lecturer for robotics in the program Maestría en Ingeniería Electrónica, at Universidad de Nariño, Colombia.

Academic and professional societies

I am a Student Member of the IEEE, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
and the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society.

In 2021, I joined the Sociedad de Doctores e Investigadores de Colombia (SoPhIC) as PhD Student Member. 


Science Communication Award, granted by the Publicity Comitee of the 2022 IEEE International Conference on Automation and Robotics, ICRA 2022, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2022.

Best Oral Presentation at 1er Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad de Doctores e Investigadores de Colombia (SoPhIC), Colombia, 2021.

First place in the DOTS swarm robotics competition, awarded by Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Toshiba Bristol Research and Innovation Laboratory, and the South Gloucestershire Council’s UMBRELLA project, United Kingdom, 2021. 

Scholarship for PhD studies granted by the Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation-Colciencias, Colombia, 2018. (program: Doctorados en el Exterior 2017)

Scholarship for master’s degree studies granted by SENER Foundation, Spain, 2014.

Best Thesis on Electronics Engineering awarded by Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia, 2014.

Best Theoretical Work at X National School of Condensed Matter Physics, Colombia, 2012.

Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies granted by Ecopetrol S.A., Colombia, 2009. (program: Mario Galan Gomez - Bachilleres por Colombia) 

Academic Tuition Exemption granted by Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia, 2007.

Curriculum vitae

My CV is available for download. 

David Garzón Ramos


IRIDIA – CP 194/6
Université libre de Bruxelles
Av. F.D. Roosevelt 50
1050 Brussels

Find me
 In the spotlight  

Our recent paper in Communications Engineering, a journal of the Nature Portfolio  

Automatic design of stigmergy-based behaviours for robot swarms

Affiliation and funding