Swarm robotics: recent results and new research directions

Marco Dorigo

Abstract:  Swarm robotics is about designing, constructing and controlling swarms of autonomous robots that cooperate to perform tasks that go beyond the capabilities of the single robots in the swarm.  In this talk, I will give an overview of research in swarm robotics in my research lab, IRIDIA, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
I will first present results obtained with homogeneous and heterogeneous swarms of
robots that cooperate both physically and logically to perform a number of different tasks. I will then conclude by discussing some very promising ongoing research on the self-organised formation of hierarchical control structures in a robot swarm.

Biography:  Short CV:

Marco Dorigo received his PhD in electronic engineering in 1992 from Politecnico di Milano. From 1992 to 1993, he was a research fellow at the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, CA. Since 1993, he is at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) where in 1996 became a tenured researcher of the F.R.S.-FNRS, the Belgian National Funds for Scientific Research. Between June 2011 and December 2014 he was a full professor of computer science at Paderborn University, Germany.
He is now co-director of IRIDIA, the artificial intelligence laboratory of the ULB.  
He is the Editor-in-Chief of Swarm Intelligence, and associate editor or member of the editorial board of many journals on computational intelligence and adaptive systems. Dr. Dorigo is a Fellow of AAAI, EurAI and IEEE. He was awarded the Italian Prize for Artificial Intelligence in 1996, the Marie Curie Excellence Award in 2003, the F.R.S.-FNRS Quinquennal award in applied sciences in 2005, the Cajastur International Prize for Soft Computing in 2007, an ERC Advanced Grant in 2010, the IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award in 2015, and the IEEE Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award, in 2016.