I am a Research Fellow in Collective Robotics at the Behavioural and Evolutionary Theory Lab of the University of Sheffield, in UK, under the supervision of Prof. James Marshall. I am currently involved in the ERC project DiODe - Distributed Algorithms for Optimal Decision-Making and in the ONRG Swarm Awareness project.
My research interests are collective decision making, swarm robotics and distributed cognition.
Before joining the University of Sheffield, from 2011 till 2015, I conducted my research as Ph.D. student at IRIDIA, the Artificial Intelligence Lab of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium, under the supervision of Prof. Marco Dorigo and Dr. Vito Trianni.
My Ph.D. work has been part of the two European Projects E-SWARM - Engineering Swarm Intelligence Systems and DICE - Distributed Cognition Engineering.
Before joining IRIDIA, I collaborated with IDSIA (Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence) in Lugano, Switzerland, from November 2009 till April 2011, within the context of the European Project (FP6) Swarmanoid. Here, I initially conducted my master thesis under the supervision of Prof. Luca Gambardella and Dr. Gianni Di Caro. Then, after graduation, I prolonged my research collaboration of a few months. My work at IDSIA focused on the use of a ceiling camera network to perform distributed path planning for ground robots.
I conducted my bachelor and master studies at Politecnico di Milano - Department of Electronics and Information in the campus of Como, Italy, where I specialised in robotics, artificial intellidence and web technologies. I graduated with a first class honours Master of Science Degree in Computer Engineering.
During my studies, I worked for one year on the EU Project: PHAROS (Platform for searcHing of Audiovisual Resources across Online Spaces). A part of the work has been conducted in Milano (Italy) at WebModels srl, and another part at Microsoft (Fast Search & Transfer) in Oslo, Norway, thanks to an European scholarship.
I happily grew up in Como, my hometown, which is situated in the North of Italy.
Happy to have hosted at Sheffield Robotics for 5 days the visiting researcher Dr. Michal Pluháček from Tomas Bata University in Zlín. We improved the cool algorithms that he designed to allow Kilobots play the game of life. Cool stuff.
Great! The article titled "Coherent collective behaviour emerging from decentralised balancing of social feedback and noise", by I. Rausch, A. Reina, P. Simoens, and Y. Khaluf, has been accepted in the journal Swarm Intelligence (Springer). Congratulations to all the co-authors of this article!!
Glad to have hosted at Sheffield Robotics for 4+ months the visiting researcher Dr. Yara Kalhuf from Ghent University. It has been great to have you here! :-)