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.
The article titled "Frequency-sensitivity and magnitude-sensitivity in decision-making: a computational study" by Thomas Bose, Freya Bottom, Andreagiovanni Reina, and James Marshall has been accepted in the Computational Brain & Behavior journal (Springer). Well Done!!
The short article "Keep calm and vote on: Swarm resiliency in collective decision making", by F. Canciani, M.S. Talamali, J.A.R. Marshall, and A. Reina has been accepted for presentation at the Workshop: Resilient Robot Teams of ICRA 2019, the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, held in Montreal, on 24th May.
The student Francesco Canciani, under my supervision and with co-supervision from James Marshall, Salah Talamali, and Francesco Amigoni, successfully defended his MSc Thesis titled "Swarm Resiliency in Collective Decision-Making" from Politecnico di Milano (Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering)!
Francesco worked on his final-year MSc project for 6 months at Sheffield Robotics. He did a great job and all the team was very happy to have him around.
Congratulations Francesco for your well deserved success, and Good Luck with your future!