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Francesco Mondada

Stefano Nolfi

Guy Theraulaz assisted by Simon Garnier

Alan Winfield

Luís Paulo Reis

Richard Vaughan

     

  Francesco Mondada

   

Robotics Systems Laboratory

LSRO – IPR – STI – EPFL

Station 9

CH-1015 Lausanne

Phone: +41 21 693 7357

Fax: +41 21 693 7807

email: francesco.mondada@epfl.ch

www: http://people.epfl.ch/francesco.mondada

 

Dr. Mondada received his M.Sc. in micro-engineering in 1991 and his Doctoral degree in 1997 at EPFL. During his thesis he co-founded the company K-Team, being both CEO and president of the company for about 5 years. He is one of the three main developers of the Khepera robot, considered as a standard in bio-inspired robotics and used by more than 1,000 universities and research centers worldwide. Fully back in research in 2000 and after a short period at CALTECH, he has been the main developer of the s-bot platform, which was ranked on position 39 in the list of “The 50 Best Robots Ever” (fiction or real) by the Wired Journal in 2006. The SWARM-BOTS project was selected as FET-IST success story by the EU commission. He is author of more than 50 papers in the field of bio-inspired robotics and system level robot design.  He is co-editor of several international conference proceedings. In November 2005 he received the “Swiss Latsis University prize”, worth 16,500 EUR, for his contributions to bio-inspired robotics. His interests include the development of innovative mechatronic solutions for mobile and modular robots, the creation of know-how for future embedded  applications, and making robot platforms more accessible for education, research, and industrial development.

  

 
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  Alan Winfield

   

Associate Dean (Research)
Hewlett-Packard Professor of Electronic Engineering
Faculty of Computing Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
University of the West of England, Bristol
Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY
UK
Phone: +44 117 328 3159
Fax: +44 117 328 2734
Email: Alan.Winfield@uwe.ac.uk
www: http://www.ias.uwe.ac.uk/~a-winfie/

 

In 1984, shortly after completing a PhD in Digital Communications Winfield resigned his lectureship at the University of Hull, to found a company on the then newly established Hull University Science Park.  Created to commercialise patented research in high performance computer architectures, the company also found itself delivering contract research and development in software for safety-critical communication systems, primarily for the public safety sector.  Winfield went on to establish the company, APD Communications Ltd, as one of the key UK providers of software for mobile radio data systems, notably leading contracts to design a fault-tolerant radio communications infrastructure for the Channel Tunnel. 

 He left the company in 1992 to take up appointment as Associate Dean (Research) and Hewlett-Packard Professor of Electronic Engineering at the University of the West of England, Bristol, but remains a non-executive director of APD.  Winfield is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, the IEEE and the Institute of Directors.

 Moving into the field of mobile robotics he co-founded, with Chris Melhuish and Owen Holland, the Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS) Laboratory at the University of the West of England in 1993, recently re-launched as the joint UWE, University of Bristol Bristol Robotics Laboratory.  Within the IAS laboratory Winfield's projects have included intelligent control, in particular stable adaptive neural control, and more recently provably-stable behaviour based control.  With Owen Holland and Ian Horsfield Winfield designed the IAS lab LinuxBots, contributing the embedded Linux based control and wireless communications architecture.  Winfield's current work is focussed on the engineering and scientific applications of Swarm Intelligence.  His work on Swarm Robotics is concerned with algorithms, analysis, modelling and specification for potential high integrity applications.  At the same time Winfield is interested in Swarm Robotics as a constructionist metaphor for the study of emergence, self-organisation, culture and intelligence.

 Winfield is strongly committed to the widest possible dissemination of research and ideas in science, engineering and technology. Working with UWE's Science Communication Unit he is engaged in a number of public engagement projects centred upon robotics, leading the three year EPSRC programme Walking with Robots to take UK-wide intelligent robotics research into the public arena.

Winfield has published over 100 works and has lectured widely on mobile robotics and other topics, presenting to both academic and public audiences.

  

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  Luís Paulo Reis

   

 

Faculty of Engineering of Univ. Porto,

Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n, 4200-465, Porto

Phone:+351919455152

Fax:+351225081443

E-Mail: lpreis@fe.up.pt

www: www.fe.up.pt/~lpreis

 

Name: Luís Paulo Gonçalves dos Reis

Place and Date of Birth: Cedofeita, Porto, October, 15th of 1970

 

Academic Degrees:

· Phd, Sep 2003, Eng. Electrotécnica e de Computadores, FEUP, Artificial Intelligence (MAS)

· MSc, Dec 1995, Eng. Electrotécnica e de Computadores, FEUP, Industrial Informatics (Very Good), 18.3 Val (out of 20)

· Licenciatura (5 Year BSc), Jul 1993, Eng. Electrotécnica e de Computadores, FEUP, Informatics and Systems, 18 Val (out of 20)

 

Present Position:

· Professor Auxiliar at FEUP, since Apr 2006

· Researcher at Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Lab., since Dec 1995

 

Past Positions:

· Professor Auxiliar Convidado at FEUP, Oct 2003 – Apr 2006

· Assistente Convidado at FEUP, Dec 2001 – Feb 2004

· Mestre Assistente Convidado at Univ. Fernando Pessoa – Porto, Oct 2001 – Sep 2002

· Mestre Assistente at Univ. Fernando Pessoa – Porto, Oct 1998 – Sep 2001

· Mestre Assistente Convidado at Univ. Fernando Pessoa – Porto, Oct 1996 – Sep 1998

· Researcher at INEB – Instituto de Eng. Biomédica, Sep 1994 – Oct 1995

· Monitor at FEUP – Faculdade de Engenharia da Univ. Porto, Oct 1991 – Nov 1993

 

Pedagogical and Divulgation Activities at FEUP:

· 2002/03, 2003/04 and 2004/05 Disciplines: Logic Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Intelligent Robotics, Intelligent Agents, Scheduling and Planning, Database Laboratory, Basic Informatics, Computational and Communication Systems, Alg. And Data Structures, Programming 2. Pedagogical classifications over: 4.0 Val (out of 5.0) in all disciplines (T, TP e P). Average: 4.2 Val.

· Participation in more than 20 divulgation actions at FEUP (including Feira de Ciência e Tecnologia, Mostras de Ciência, Ensino e Inovação da UP, Exposição Ciência e Robótica – Arrábida Shopping, Semanas Abertas da FEUP and Talks in Superior/Secondary Schools).

 

PhD and MSc Supervising at FEUP (18):

· 14 PhD Thesis (9 Supervisor , 5 Co-Supervisor, 9 about Intelligent Robotics/Simulation) – see detailed CV

· 12 MSc Thesis (6 concluded, 6 ongoing) – see detailed CV

 

Supervising of Final Projects concluded (82):

· 22 Monographs University Fernando Pessoa – (1997-2004)

· 17 Internships FEUP/LEIC (2004-2006) – 2 supervisor LIACC, 13 supervisor FEUP

· 31 PSTFC FEUP/LEEC – Final Projects (2003-2006) – 30 LIACC, 1 INESC

· 2 Final Degree Projects Univ. Aveiro (2002-2003) – Eng. Computadores e Telemática

· 10 Research Scholarships (2004-2006) – 8 FCT, 2 LIACC

Research Interests:

· Artificial Intelligence (Multi-Agent Systems, Intelligent Agents, Coordination in Multi-Agent Systems, Simulation, Intelligent Robotics, Robotic Soccer, Constraint Logic Programming).

 

Research Projects FCT/FEUP:

· Portus – A Common Framework for Cooperation in Mobile Robotics (FCT - POSI/SRI/41315/2001, 20000 EUR, 2002 – 2005, Proposal/Final Report Responsible, PR: António Paulo Moreira)

· FC Portugal: New Coordination Methodologies Applied to the Simulation League (FCT –POSI/ROBO/43910/2002, 27800 EUR, Oct 2003 – Oct 2004, Principal Researcher)

· LEMAS – Learning in MAS in the RoboCup Sony Legged League (FCT POSI/ROBO/43926/2002, 32908 EUR, Oct 2003 – Dec 2004, Proposal/Final Report Responsible, PR: Eugénio Oliveira)

· Rescue: Coordination of Heterogeneous Teams in Search and Rescue Scenarios (FCT/POSC/EIA/63240/2004, 32800 EUR, Apr 2005 – Mar 2007, Principal Researcher FEUP)

· ABSES - Agent Based Simulation of Ecological Systems (FCT/POSC/EIA/57671/2004, 75000 EUR, Apr 2005 – Oct 2007, Principal Researcher)

 

Organization of International Scientific Meetings:

· RoboCup Tutorial – The RoboCup International Initiative: AI Meets Robotics to Create RoboSoccer Teams, EPIA2001 – 10th Port. Conf. on Artificial Intelligence, Seminário de Vilar, Porto, Dec. 2001

· MASTA 2001 – 2nd Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems Theory and Applications, Seminário de Vilar, Porto, 19 Dec 2001 – OC Member (Chair: Eugénio Oliveira)

· Robótica 2004, Festival Nacional de Robótica – Portuguese Robotics Open, Pavilhão Rosa Mota, Palácio de Cristal, Porto, 22-25 Apr 2004

· Encontro Científico do Robótica 2004 – Scientific Meeting of the Portuguese Robotics Open, Biblioteca Almeida Garrett, Palácio de Cristal, Porto, 23-24 Apr 2004

· MASTA’2005 – 3rd Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems Theory and Applications, EPIA –Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Covilhã, 7-8 Dec 2005

· IROBOT’2005 – 1st International Workshop on Intelligent Robotics, EPIA – Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Covilhã, 5 Dec 2005

· CeNPLF 2006: Portuguese National Logic and Functional Programming Contest, Porto, FEUP, 7-9 Mai 2006

· MASTA’2007 – 4th Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems Theory and Applications, EPIA –Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Guimarães, 2007

· IROBOT’2007 – 2nd International Workshop on Intelligent Robotics, EPIA – Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Guimarães, 2007

 

Edition of Proceedings and Book Chapters:

· 2 Conference Proceedings and 4 Book/proceedings chapters

 

Publications and Communications:

· 2 Thesis, 20 Papers in International Journals/Book Chapters/Series, 5 Papers in National Journals, 75 Papers in International Conferences, 25 Invited Talks

 

Program/Scientific Committee in Conferences:

· WAF’2001 (Madrid, Spain), Bal.React. and Soc.Delib. in MAS 2001 (Springer LNAI Vol. 2103), RoboCup Sim. Tech. Committe (2001-2003), RoboCup 2004 Int. Symposium (Lisbon, Portugal), CENPL’2004 (Lisboa, Portugal), Tékhne – Rev. Estudos Politécnicos (2004-...), Robótica 2005 (Coimbra, Portugal), Enformatika (2005), CENPLF’2005 (Bragança, Portugal), MASTA’2005 (Covilhã, Portugal), IROBOT'2005 (Covilhã, Portugal), Robótica'2006 (Guimarães, Portugal), CENPLF’2006 (Porto, Portugal), RoboCup 2006 Int. Symposium (Bremen, Germany), CISTI'2006 (Esposende, Portugal), COMIC’2006 (Porto, Portugal), IBERAMIA/SBIA'2006 (Ribeirão Preto, Brazil), AAMAS'2006 (Hakodate, Japan), Robotica'2007 (Algarve, Portugal), VIPImage'2007 (Porto, Portugal), CISTI'2007 (Porto, Portugal), COMIC’2007 (Porto, Portugal), AAMAS'2007 (Hawai, USA), ASM'2007 (Palma de Mallorca, Spain), RoboCup 2007 Int. Symposium (Atlanta, USA).

 

Reviewer in other conferences:

· IJCAI’97 (Nagoya, Japan), EPIA’97 (Coimbra, Portugal), EPIA’99 (Évora, Portugal), AGENTS’2000 (Barcelona, Spain), ICMAS’2000 (Boston, USA), SBIA’2000 (S.Paulo, Brazil), IBERAMIA'2000 (S.Paulo, Brazil), EPIA'2001 (Porto, Portugal), MASTA'2001 (Porto, Portugal), PROVE’02 (Sesimbra, Portugal), CARs-FOF'2002 (Porto, Portugal), AAMAS 2002 (Bologna, Italy), AAMAS 2003 (Melbourne, Austrália), ISPE2003 (Madeira, Portugal), ECAI 2004 (Valência, Spain), AAMAS 2004 (New York, USA), IBERAMIA 2004 (Puebla, Mexico), IFAC'2005 (Praga, Checz Rep.), CSCWD'2005 (Coventry, UK), CEEMAS'2005 (Budapest, Hungary), AAMAS'2005 (Utrecht, Netherlands), INCOM’2006 (Saint-Etienne, France)

 

Principal Awards and Prizes:

· APRP Award – Ass. Port. Rec. Padrões – Best Paper at RECPAD’94, Lisboa, 25 Mar 1994

· Eng. António Almeida Award – Fundação Eng. António Almeida, 21 Nov 1994

· National Engineering Prize – Ordem dos Engenheiros, 26 Nov 1994

· Prémio Centenário FEUP – Faculdade de Engenharia da Univ. Porto – 20 Mar 1996

· Inovation Award Micro-Rato 1999 – Univ. Aveiro – Robot D.Dinis, 19 Mai 1999

· Winner of European RoboCup 2000 Amsterdam – RoboCup Federation, FC Portugal, Jun 2000

· Winner of RoboCup 20000 – Simulation League, Melbourne – RoboCup Federation, FC Portugal, Sep 2000

· Winner of Ciber-Rato 2001 – Univ. Aveiro – Robot Micro-Pessoa, Mai 2001

· Winner of GermanOpen 2001 RoboCup – Simulation League, Paderborn, FC Portugal, Jun 2001

· Winner of GermanOpen 2001 RoboCup – Small Size league (3rd middle size), Paderborn, 5DPO, Jun 2001

· 3rd Place at RoboCup 2001 – Simulation League, Seattle, EUA – RoboCup Federation, FC Portugal, Aug 2001

· Winner of Coach Competition, RoboCup 2002, Fukuoka, Japan – RoboCup Federation, Jun 2002

· 2nd Place at Coach Competition, RoboCup 2003, Padua, Italy – RoboCup Federation, Jul 2003

· 2nd Place at Coach Competition, RoboCup 2004, Lisboa – RoboCup Federation, Jul 2004

· Winner of (Simulation league, Legged League) Festival Naional. Robótica 2004, Porto, Apr 2004

· Winner of (Simulation league) Festival Nacional de Robótica 2005, Coimbra, Mai 2005

· Winner of European RoboCup (RoboCup Rescue, and Simulation 3D leagues), Eindhoven, Holand, FC Portugal, Apr 2006

· Winner of RoboCup – Simulation 3D League, Bremen, Alemanha, FC Portugal, Jun 2006

 

10 Relevant Publications (for EAIA):

· Luís Paulo Reis and Nuno Lau, FC Portugal Team Description: RoboCup 2000 Simulation League Champion, in Peter Stone, Tucker Balch and Gerhard Kraetzschmar, editors, RoboCup-2000: Robot Soccer World Cup IV, Springer LNAI, Vol. 2019, pp.29-40, Berlin, 2001, ISBN 3-540- 42185-8

· Luis Paulo Reis, Nuno Lau and Eugénio C. Oliveira, Situation Based Strategic Positioning for Coordinating a Team of Homogeneous Agents, in M.Hannebauer, J.Wendler and E. Pagello Eds, Balancing Reactivity and Social Deliberation in Multi-Agent System – From RoboCup to Real- World Applications, Springer LNAI, Vol. 2103, pp. 175-197, Berlin, 2001, ISBN 3-540-42327-3

· Luís Paulo Reis and Nuno Lau, COACH UNILANG – A Standard Language for Coaching a (Robo) Soccer Team, in Andreas Birk, Silvia Coradeschi and Satoshi Tadokoro, editors, RoboCup- 2001: Robot Soccer World Cup V, Springer Lecture Notes in AI, Vol. 2377, pp.183-192, Berlin, 2002, ISBN 3-540-43912-9

· Nuno Lau and Luís Paulo Reis, FC Portugal 2001 Team Description: Configurable Strategy and Flexible Teamwork, in Andreas Birk, Silvia Coradeschi and Satoshi Tadokoro, editors, RoboCup- 2001: Robot Soccer World Cup V, Springer Lecture Notes in AI, Berlin, 2002, ISBN 3-540- 43912-9

· Reis, Luís Paulo et al. Editores, Actas do Encontro Científico do Robótica 2004 (Proceedings of the Scientific Meeting of the Portuguese Robotics Open), FEUP Edições, Colecção Colectâneas, Vol. 14, April 23-24, 2004, ISBN 972-752-066-9

· Luís Paulo Reis, Nuno Lau, Carlos Carreto, Eduardo Silva: Introduction to IROBOT 2005, In Carlos Bento, Amílcar Cardoso, Gaël Dias (Eds.): Progress in Artificial Intelligence, 12th Port. Conf. on AI, EPIA 2005, Covilhã, Portugal, December 5-8, 2005, Proc.. Vol. 3808, Springer LCNS, 2005, ISBN 3-540-30737-0

· Rui André Ferreira, Luís Paulo Reis and Nuno Lau, Situation Based Communication for Coordination of Agents, Reis, L.P. et al. editores, Proceedings of the Scientific Meeting of the Portuguese Robotics Open 2004, FEUP Edições, Colecção Colectâneas, Vol. 14, pp.39-44, April 23-24, 2004, ISBN 972-752-066-9

· Luis Mota, Luís Paulo Reis and Hans-Dieter Burkhard. Communication Challenges Raised by Open Co-Operative Teams in RoboCup. Estela Bicho et al. (eds.) Proceedings of the Scientific Meeting of the Portuguese Robotics Open 2006, Guimarães, Portugal, April, 2006

· André Scolari Conceição, A. Paulo Moreira, Luís Paulo Reis and Paulo J. Costa. Architecture of Cooperation for Multi-Robot Systems, 1st IFAC Workshop on Multivehicle Systems (MVS'06), Bahia Convention Center, Salvador, Brazil, October 2 – 3, 2006

· Francisco Reinaldo, Marcus Siqueira, Rui Camacho and Luís Paulo Reis, A tool for Multi-Strategy Learning, in Gelbukh, A. and Reyes-Garcia, C. eds, Special Issue: Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Research in Computing Science, Vol. 26, pp.51-60, November 2006, ISSN: 1870- 4069

· João Certo, Nuno Cordeiro, Francisco Reinaldo, Luís Paulo Reis and Nuno Lau, FCPx: A Tool for Evaluating Teams' Performance in RoboCup Rescue Simulation League, in Gelbukh, A. and Reyes-Garcia, C. eds, Special Issue: Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Research in Computing Science, Vol. 26, pp.137-148, November 2006, ISSN: 1870-4069

Detailed CV:

More detailed CV at: http://www.fe.up.pt/~lpreis

  

 
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  Guy Theraulaz

   

 

CNRS, UMR 5169

Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale

Université Paul Sabatier

118 route de Narbonne 31062 Toulouse Cédex 4

Tel: + 33 5. 61556732

Fax: +33 5. 61556154

email: theraula@cict.fr

www: http://cognition.ups-tlse.fr/_guyt/

 

PERSONAL DATA

 

Born in Rumilly, France on February, 3rd, 1962.

Single

Nationality: French.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Habilitation thesis, Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, December 2002

Ph.D. in Neurosciences, Specialisation: Ethology, Université de Provence, Marseille, France, May 1991.

Dissertation title: Morphogenesis and self-organisaion of behaviours. An introduction to Swarm Intelligence.

DEA in Neurosciences, Université de Provence, Marseille, France, June 1987.

Master degree in Behavioural Neurosciences, Université de Provence, Marseille, France, June 1985. 

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

 

Bronze Medal of the CNRS in 1996.

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

CNRS Research Director at UMR 5169, Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France (since October 2004)

CNRS Research Fellow at UMR 5550, Laboratoire d’éthologie et psychologie animale, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France (from October 1992 to September 2004).

Visiting scientist at the Santa Fe Institute, USA. July 1997.

Visiting scientist at La Pacifica Ecological Research Center, Costa-Rica. June 1997.

CNRS, Cognisciences Program Post-doctoral researcher in ethology and swarm intelligence, with Professors Jean-Louis Deneubourg (1991), Gerardo Beni (1992) and Dr. Chris Langton (1992).

Visiting scientist at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Service de Chimie-Physique, Unit of Theoretical Behavioural Ecology, Belgium. July 1991 - December 1991.

Visiting scientist at University of California Riverside, College of Engineering, USA, January 1992 - May - 1992.

Visiting scientist at the Santa Fe Institute. June 1992 - September 1992.

 

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Courses at the Paul Sabatier University:

     Collective Intelligence in Natural and Artificial Systems, Masters in Neurosciences, Behaviour and Cognition (since 1999)

     Distributed Cognition, Masters in Animal Cognition (since 1999)

Invited Professor at Supélec (Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité) at Rennes, France. Course on Collective Intelligence in Natural and Artificial Systems (since 1996).

Invited Professor at Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Computer Department, post-graduate course in bio-inspired computer science on Swarm Intelligence : “Computer Science and Biology” August 1997.

Assistant in the following courses at Université de Provence in Marseille: Mathematical analysis and processing methods in behaviour sciences, Multivariate data analysis methods in biology.

 

ORGANIZATION ACTIVITIES

 

Head of the “Swarm intelligence group” at the Centre de Recherches  sur la Cognition Animale

 

JOURNALS

 

Associate Editor of Advances in Complex Systems (since 1998, Vol.1, No.1).

 

REFEREE

 

Referee for the following international journals:

Adaptive Behaviour

Advances in Complex Systems

American Naturalist

Animal Behaviour

Artificial Life

Behavioural Processes

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

Complexity

Future Generation Computer Systems

IIE Transactions

Insectes Sociaux

Journal of Theoretical Biology

Naturwissenschatfen

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London - Serie B Biological Sciences

Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences USA

Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences

 

Member of the following program comitees:

 

AL’01, Inaugural workshop on Artificial Life, Adelaïde, Australia, December 2001

ANTS’ 2000, From Ant Colonies to Artificial Ants: 2nd International Workshop on Ant Algorithms, Brussels, Belgium, September 2000

ANTS’ 2002, From Ant Colonies to Artificial Ants: 3nd International Workshop on Ant Algorithms, Brussels, Belgium, September 2002

Artificial Life VII , 7th International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems Conference, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, USA, August 2000

Artificial Life VIII, 8th International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, December 2002.

International workshop on: “Self-Organisation and Evolution of Social Behaviour”, Monte Verità, Ascona, Suisse, September 2002

ACAL2003: The First Australian Conference on Artificial Life, Canberra, Australia, December 2003

Second International Workshop on the Mathematics and Algorithms of Social Insects, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, December 2003

ANTS 2004 - Fourth International Workshop on Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence, Bruxelles, Belgium, September 2004

Artificial Life IX, The Ninth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems, Boston, USA, September 2004

IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium, Pasadena, USA, June 2005

Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2005), Washington, D.C. USA, June 2005

 

ORGANIZATION OF CONFERENCES

 

Organizer of the symposium “Swarm Intelligence” with J.L. Deneubourg at the First European Conference on Artificial Life, “Toward a practice of autonomous systems”, Paris, France, (December, 11-13, 1991).

Organizer and chairman of the Swarm Intelligence session at the 3rd Conference on Artificial Life, Santa Fe, Nouveau-Mexique, June 1992.

Organizer of the symposium “Swarm Intelligence in Natural and Artificial Systems” with P. Bourgine, at the Second European Congress on Systems Science, Praha, Czech Republic, October 3-10, 1993.

Organizer of the Workshop “Self-organization and behaviour” with R. Campan, INRA, Castanet-Tolosan, France, November 28-30, 1994.

Organizer of the Journées de Rochebrune 1995, “Evolution and organisation, randomness and constraints in collective morphogenesis”, Rochebrune, Haute-Savoie, France, March 20-24, 1995.

Organizer of the symposium “Collective structures in social insects” with C. Detrain at the European IUSSI Meeting, Berlin, Germany, September 25-28, 2001

 

 

PROJECTS COORDINATION

 

Project Leader of the following project “Modeling and simulating collective building processes with lattice swarms” funded by the Conseil Régional Midi Pyrénées (1995).

Project Leader of the following project “Individual algorithms and collective intelligence in natural and artificial systems” funded by the Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique “Sciences de la Cognition” (1997-1998)

Local coordinator of the following project “Designing and testing self-organized multi-agent systems including models of social insects activities” funded by the Conseil Régional Midi Pyrénées (1997-1998).

Project Leader of the following project “Collective intelligence in natural and artificial systems” funded by the Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique “Sciences de la Cognition” (1999-2000)

Project Leader of the following project “Distributed control of collective actions in animal and human societies” funded by the Programme Cognitique (2001-2003)

Project Leader of the following project “Collective morphogenesis and the role of interactions between structures and air flows” funded by the Programme Physico-chenistry of complex matter (2001-2003).

  

 
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  Simon Garnier

   

 

CRCA, UMR CNRS 5169,

Université Paul Sabatier
Bât. 4R3, b3, 118, route de Narbonne
31062, Toulouse cedex 4

www: http://simon.garnier.free.fr/wordpress/

 

Current position

 

PhD position at the Research Center on Animal Cognition (CRCA, Toulouse), with a specialization in studying and modelling collective behaviors involving self-organized mechanisms and in transfering them to groups of small autonomous robots. My current research projects are:

  • Design of a collective decision process for micro-robots based on the aggregation behavior displayed by the cockroach Blattella germanica.
  • Design of a collective path selection process for micro-robots based on a general model of ants pheromone trail laying.
  • Experimental study and modelling of self-organized processes in pedestrians streams.
 

Education

 
2003-2004
DEA Neurosciences, Behavior and Cognition. French post-graduate degree from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, FRANCE, obtained with honors (first in one's year).
2002-2003
M.Sc. in Behavior and Neurosciences from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, FRANCE, obtained with honors (first in one's year).
2001-2002
B.Sc. in Biochemistry, Cellular Biology and Physiology from Victor Segalen University, Bordeaux, FRANCE, obtained with honors (first in one's year).
 

Research interests and skills

 
Interests
Studying collective behaviors with probabilistics descriptions of individual behaviors linked to the emergence of collective behaviors.
Modelling collective behaviors in computer simulations (IBM and Monte Carlo) and in experiments with swarms of autonomous micro-robots.
 
 
 
Skills
Computer: MacOS 9 & X, Linux, Windows; Statistical analysis with the free software R; Edition of scientific documents with Latex ; Programming in C and C++.
Languages: French (mother tongue), English (written and spoken), rudiments in German and Spanish.
 

Relevant work experience

 
2003-2004
DEA research project "The embodiment of cockroach aggregation behavior in a group of micro-robots", Collective Intelligence in Social Insects and Artificial Systems group (Guy Theraulaz & Christian Jost), Research Center on Animal Cognition (CRCA, Toulouse).
 
2002-2003
M.Sc. research project "The embodiment of cockroach behavior in a micro-robot", Collective Intelligence in Social Insects and Artificial Systems group (Guy Theraulaz & Christian Jost), Research Center on Animal Cognition (CRCA, Toulouse).

  

 
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  Richard T. Vaughan

   

 

Assistant Professor
School of Computing Science
Simon Fraser University

www: http://www.cs.sfu.ca/~vaughan/

email vaughan [at] sfu.ca
office TASC 8009
phone +1.604.291.5811
lab phone +1.604.291.6982
fax +1.604.291.3045

 

Richard Vaughan is Assistant Professor of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. He received a BA (Hons) in Computing withArtificial Intelligence from Sussex University in 1993, and a DPhil in Computation from Oxford University in 1998. After post-doctoral research at the University of Southern California's Robotics Research Labs, he was Member of Technical Staff at HRL Laboratories from 2001 to 2003, before joining SFU. Vaughan's research concerns intelligent behavior in multi-robot systems, often taking inspiration from animal behavior. He also builds tools and methods that enable multi-robot research, and co-founded the Player project in 1999. He is associate member of the Behavioral Ecology Research Group at SFU, member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and the Free Software  Foundation.

  

 
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  Stefano Nolfi

   

Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies
National Research Council (CNR), Roma
Via S. Martino della Battaglia 44, 00185, Roma, Italy
Phone: ++39-06-44595233
Fax : ++39-06-44595234
www: http://gral.istc.cnr.it/nolfi

 

EDUCATION AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • Head, Laboratory of Artificial Life and Robotics, Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies, National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy, 2002-current
  • Senior Researcher, Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies, National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy, 2002-current
  • Fellow, University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia, November-December 2004.
  • Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study in Berlin (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin), May-July 2003.
  • Head, Division of Neural Systems and Artificial Life, Institute of Psychology, National Research Council (C.N.R.), Rome, Italy, 1994-2002
  • Researcher, Institute of Psychology, National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy, 1988-2001
  • Visiting Researcher, SONY Computer Science Laboratory, Sony Inc., Tokyo, Japan, 1997
  • Visiting Researcher, Laboratory of Microcomputing, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, 1996 & 1997
  • Research Fellow, with Prof. Jeffrey Elman, Centre for Research in Language, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A., 1987
  • Consultant, Voice Processing Laboratory, Olivetti S.p.A. Torino, Italy, Development of an automatic system for natural languange processing, 1987
  • Research Fellow, with Prof. Domenico Parisi, Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, National Research Council (C.N.R.), Roma, Italy, 1985-1987.
  • Laurea (Master Degree) in Literature & Phylosophy (with distinction), Thesis on: A computational model of natural language processing, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy, 1986

     

RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Coordinator of the European Integrated Project ECAgents: Embodied and Communicating Agents (IST-2004-001940), 2004-current
  • Head, CNR-ISTC Unit, European Integrated Project ECAgents: Embodied and Communicating Agents (IST-2004-001940), 2004-current
  • Head, CNR-ISTC Unit, European Project on SWARM-BOTS: Swarms of Self-Assembling Artifacts (IST-2000-31010), 2001-2005
  • Head, CNR-ISTC Unit, Italian Project on Action and perception in the construction of the cognitive world, Grant RBNE01SZB4 from the FIRB/MIUR, 2003-current.
  • Head, CNR-ISTC Unit, Italian Project on Multiagent system with fixed and mobile robot platforms (ROBOCARE), MIUR, Italy, 2002-current.
  • Coordinator and head of the CNR-IP research unit, Coordinated Project on Real Time Computing, National Research Council, Italy, 1999
  • Head, Research Project on Development of Complex Competencies in Ecological Neural Networks, Institute of Psychology, National Research Council, Italy, 1997-2001.
  • Head, Research Unit on Development of Autonomous Agents Interacting with an External Environment, Coordinated Project on Real Time Computing, National Research Council, Italy, 1997
  • Head, Research Project on Evolutionary Robotics Institute of Psychology, National Research Council, Italy, 1995-1996
  • Head, Research Project on Ecological Neural Networks, Institute of Psychology, National Research Council, Italy, 1989-1994

EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES

 

LECTURING

  • Associate Professor, Undergraduate course on Evolutionary Robotics, University della Calabria, Rende (CS), Italy, 2000/2001, 2003-2004
  • Associate Professor, Undergraduate course on Psychology, University "LUMSA", Roma, 2000/2001, 2001/2002, 2002/2003
  • Associate Professor, Undergraduate course on Artificial Neural Networks, University "LUMSA", Rome, Italy, 1998/1999 , 1999/2000
  • Associate Professor, Undergraduate course on Educational Technologies, University of L'Aquila, Italy, 1998/1999, 1999/2000
  • Associate Professor, Undergraduate course on Computer Science, University of L'Aquila, Italy, 1998/1999
 

EXPERT POSITIONS

  • Expert, Fifth and Sixth Framework Programme, European Commission, IST, Future and Emerging Technology and Multimedia Content and Tools, 1999-present
  • Expert for the PhD examination ("Information Technology"), School of Computer Science, University of South Wales, Australia, July, 2004
  • Expert for the PhD examination ("Adaptive Robotics"), Department Informatique, Ecole Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 4, 2000
  • Expert for the PhD examination ("Autonomous Mobile Robotics"), Department Informatique, Ecole Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland, December 6, 1996

 

SCIENTIFIC PRIZES

  • Best Paper Award.  Trianni V., Nolfi S., Dorigo M. (2004). Hole Avoidance: Experiments in coordinated motion on rough terrain. The Eight International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems. 10-12 March 2004, Amsterdam, The Netherland.
  • Best Paper Award.  Tani J., Nolfi S. (1998). Learning to perceive world as articulated: An approach for hierarchical learning. The Fifth International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB98), August 17-21, 1998, Zurich, Switzerland

 

  

 
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