Current and forthcoming members

Post-doctoral researchers

  • Darko Bozhinoski Systematic mission specification and verification of robot swarms Jun 2021

PhD students

  • Ken Hasselmann Advances in the automatic modular design of control software for robot swarms: Using neuroevolution to generate modules Aug 2016
  • Antoine Ligot Assessing and forecasting the performance of optimization-based design methods for robot swarms. Experimental protocol & pseudo-reality predictors Sep 2016
  • Muhammad Salman Hardware modules for the automatic design of robot swarms June 2017
  • David Alfredo Garzon Ramos Automatic design of robot swarms with respect to multiple criteria Sep 2017
  • Jonas Kuckling Understanding the role of optimization in the automatic modular design of control software for robot swarms Co-supervisor: Thomas Stützle Nov 2017
  • Miquel Kegeleirs Flexible, scalable and fault-tolerant SLAM with a robot swarm Oct 2018
  • Guillermo Legarda Herranz Designing robot swarms with guaranteed properties Co-supervisor: Emanuele Garone Sep 2021
  • Ilyes Gharbi Swarm mission specifications by exemplars via imitation learning Oct 2022

Visiting scholars, researchers, and students

  • Abderraouf Maoudj Decentralized multi-agent path findings University of Southern Denmark Odense, Denmark Oct 2022 – Mar 2023

Master students

  • Arthur Pierrot A comparison of communication devices and protocols for swarm robotics Feb 2021
  • Laurent Colpaert Automatic modular design of robot swarms with MapElites Oct 2022
  • Jeanne Szpirer Developing an interactive framework for demonstrating collective behaviors for robot swarms Oct 2022

Scientific collaborators

  • Andrea Roli Complex systems and robot swarms Università di Bologna Italy Sep 2008
  • Gianpiero Francesca Swarm robotics Toyota Motor Europe Brussels Sep 2017

Past members

Post-doctoral researchers

  • Federico Pagnozzi Design by optimization in swarm robotics Oct 2019 – Oct 2021
  • Darko Bozhinoski Requirements specification for the automatic design of robot swarms Jan 2018 – Dec 2019
  • Carlotta Piscopo Epistemological foundations of artificial intelligence: construction and selection of models on the basis of empirical evidence Sep 2012 – Sep 2015
  • Franco Mascia Scaling stochastic local search algorithms for very large instances Co-mentored with Thomas Stützle Oct 2012 – Mar 2015
  • Paola Pellegrini On-line meets off-line tuning: a novel approach for tuning the parameters of ant colony optimization and other metaheuristics Nov 2010 – Oct 2012

PhD students

I list here only the PhD students that worked under my supervision or co-supervision on the core topics of my research. For a complete list of all the PhD students that I have supervised or co-supervised, please see: PhD students

  • Lorenzo Garattoni Cognitive abilities in swarm robotics. Developing a swarm that can collectively sequence tasks Jan 15, 2021
  • 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 Apr 21, 2017
  • Arne Brutschy Enabling research on complex tasks in swarm robotics: novel conceptual and practical tools Dec 14, 2014
  • Carlo Pinciroli On the design and implementation of an accurate, efficient, and flexible simulator for heterogeneous swarm robotics systems Apr 28, 2014
  • Manuele Brambilla Formal methods for the design and analysis of robot swarms Apr 28, 2014
  • Giovanni Pini Towards autonomous task partitioning in swarm robotics: experiments with foraging robots Jun 14, 2013
  • Prasanna Balaprakash Estimation-based metaheuristics for stochastic combinatorial optimization: case studies in stochastic routing problems Jan 26, 2010
  • Paola Pellegrini ACO: parameters, exploration and quality of solutions Università Ca' Foscari Venice, Italy Mar 23, 2007

Visiting scholars and researchers

  • Fernando Javier Mendiburu Automatic design of spatially-organizing behaviors Nov 2019 – Oct 2021
  • Fernando Javier Mendiburu Modular design of control software for robot swarms Universidade Federal de Campina Grande Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil Oct 2017 – Dec 2018
  • Andrea Roli A complex systems perspective for the automatic design of robot swarms and for their analysis Università di Bologna Italy Nov 2016
  • Manuel Castillo Cagigal Temporal task allocation in periodic environments Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Spain Feb 2013 – May 2013
  • Matteo Gagliolo Survival analysis methods for optimisation algorithm selection Università della Svizzera Italiana Lugano, Switzerland Jun 2008 – May 2009
  • Jodelson A. Sabino Ant colony optimization for switch engine scheduling in railroad yards Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro Brazil Oct 2005 – Sep 2006 Co-mentored with Thomas Stützle

Master students and visiting students

I list here only a selection of the Master students and visiting students that recently worked under my supervision or co-supervision on the core topics of my research. For a complete list of all the Master students that I have supervised or co-supervised, please see the page: Master students

  • Ilyes Gharbi Intuitive mission specification for robot swarm by learning from demonstration Oct 2021 – Sep 2022
  • Iulian-Bogdan Vlad Off-policy evaluation for swarm robotics Vrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium Sep 2020 – Sep 2021
  • Jean-Claude Doine Development of a tracking system for swarm robotics research IEPSCF-Uccle Belgium Nov 2020 – Mar 2021
  • Vincent van Pelt Automatic modular design of control software in robot swarms: Towards exploitation of behaviour trees features Sep 2019 – Aug 2020
  • Keneth Ubeda Arriaza Design of robot swarms by optimization: An instance of AutoMoDe based on simulated annealing Aug 2018 – Aug 2019
  • Julian Ruddick Comparison of state-of-the-art evolutionary methods for the design of robot swarms Sep 2018 – Aug 2019
  • Gaëtan Spaey The influence of random walks on automatic design of robot swarms An experiment with AutoMoDe Nov 2018 – Aug 2019
  • Petroula Georgiopoulou A smart object with which e-puck robots can interact University of Patras Greece Apr 2019 – Jul 2019
  • Miquel Kegeleirs Developing ROS-based software for the e-puck: An experiment in exploration and mapping Oct 2017 – Sep 2018
  • Venkata Subramanian Srinivasan Evolving neural network topologies for robot swarms National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli, India May 2017 – Jul 2017
  • Antoine Ligot A virtual device for situated communication in a swarm of e-pucks Feb 2015 – Sep 2016
  • Michael Stevens SRML for swarm robotics: specification of a collective behaviour Jul 2014 – Jun 2016
  • Brian Delhaisse Automatic design of robots swarm through evolving neural network topologies: a comparison with a standard evolutionary swarm robotics method on multiple tasks Jun 2014 – Oct 2015
  • Anthony Debruyn Human–robot swarms interaction: an escorting robot swarm that diverts a human away from dangers (s)he cannot perceive Jun 2014 – Aug 2015
  • Yvon Kerdoncuff Supervised learning methods and reality gap in swarm robotics ENSTA ParisTech France May 2015 – Jul 2015
  • Bernard Mayeur Outil automatique de placement de robots pour des expériences de swarm robotics Apr 2014 – Sep 2014
  • Mattia Salvaro Virtual sensing technology applied to a swarm of autonomous robots Università di Bologna Italy Nov 2013 – Jun 2014