Andreagiovanni Reina
Research Associate in Collective Robotics, University of Sheffield, UK

Andreagiovanni Reina

Born on the 7th of December 1985 in Erba (Co), Italy.

Education

Since 2015 Research Associate in Collective Robotics
Behavioural and Evolutionary Theory Lab - University of Sheffield, UK.
Project leader: Prof. James Marshall
ERC Project: DiODe - Distributed Algorithms for Optimal Decision-Making.
2011 - 2015 Ph.D. Student
IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Supervisor: Prof. Marco Dorigo. Co-supervisor: Dr. Vito Trianni
Topic: Engineering distributed cognition.
2008 - 2010 Master of Science in Computer Engineering held in English language (110/110 cum laude).
Politecnico di Milano - Faculty of Computer Engineering, Como campus, Italy.
Web technologies, artificial intelligence and robotics.
2004 - 2007 Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering (106/110)
Politecnico di Milano - Faculty of Computer Engineering, Como campus, Italy.
Computer technology, programming languages and automatic control.

Academic and Teaching Activities

May 2017 - Present Co-supervisor of the PhD student Salah Talamali from the University of Sheffield, UK.
    Thesis: The role of heterogeneity in collective decision making in robot swarms.
June 2016 - Spring 2017 Co-supervisor of:
 - Master student Salah Talamali from Sheffield Hallam University, UK
    Thesis: Automatic calibration system for kilobot robots;
 - Bachelor student Eleftherios Nikolaidis from Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Thesis: Creation of an overhead controller for the Kilobots and collective behavior.
July 2016 - Present PhD’s Theses Mentoring Programme: Mentoring final year PhD students to help them go forward with their thesis.
March 2016 Online lesson on “Swarm Robotics” for the course “Building a Future with Robots” from The University of Sheffield.
Feb. 2015 - Aug 2015 Teaching Assistant of the Swarm Intelligence course at Université Libre de Bruxelles (Course INFO-H-414, 5 ECTS).
Oct. 2014 - Aug 2015 Co-supervisor of two Master students:
 - Davide Brambilla from Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    Thesis: Environment Classification: an Empirical Study of the Response of a Robot Swarm to Three Different Decision-Making Rules;
 - Anthony Debruyn from Université Libre de Bruxelles
    Thesis: Human-Swarm Interaction: An Escorting Robot Swarm that Diverts a Human away from Dangers one cannot perceive.
Oct. 2013 - Sep. 2014 Co-supervisor of two Master students:
 - Mattia Salvaro from Università di Bologna, Italy
    Thesis: Virtual sensors for a robot swarm;
 - Bernard Mayeur from Université Libre de Bruxelles
    Thesis: A tool for automatic robot placement in swarm robotics experiments (in French).
Sep. 2012 - Sep. 2013 Co-supervisor of the Master student Jacopo De Stefani of Université Libre de Bruxelles and Politecnico di Milano (Project TIME for double degree).
    Thesis: Spatial Allocation in Swarm Robotics.
Since Oct. 2011 Principal supervisor for the computer programming project (5 ECTS) of several master students of Université Libre de Bruxelles enrolled in the first year of the “Master en sciences informatique”.
Nov.2009 - Apr.2011 Internship - junior researcher
European project (6th Framework Programme): Swarmanoid.
Research activity. Analysis, design and implementation of specific robot controllers. Writing and publishing scientific papers.
Master thesis project [Nov.09 – July.10]:
"Swarms of flying robots performing distributed path planning for objects on the ground"
Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence Studies (IDSIA) - Lugano (Switzerland).

Work Experiences

Apr.2009 - Jul.2009 Software developer.
European project (6th Framework Programme): PHAROS (Platform for searcHing of Audiovisual Resources across Online Spaces).
Analysis, design and implementation of specific processes and functionalities within a multimedia information retrieval system (the PHAROS platform).
FAST Search and Transfer (A Microsoft Subsidiary) - Oslo (Norway)
Jul.2008 - Apr.2009 Software developer.
European project (6th Framework Programme): PHAROS (Platform for searcHing of Audiovisual Resources across Online Spaces).
Analysis, design and implementation of wrappers for the integration of a face recognition and identification technology into a multimedia search engine platform.
Web Models S.r.l. - Milano (Italy)
Oct.2006 - Jun.2007 Web designer, HTML programmer.
Designing web sites, programming in HTML and CSS languages. Use of CMS.
Part-time job.
Webjobs.it - Como (Italy)

Awards and Grants

2016 Dedicated Outstanding Thesis Mentor of the 2016 PhD Theses Mentoring Programme of the University of Sheffield.
2011 Best Poster Award at the 12th International Conference Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS), Sheffield, UK, August 31 - September 2, 2011.
2011 Four Years Scholarship funded by the European Research Council - Advanced Grants program of the European Union.
2010 Master Thesis's GrantZeno Karl Schindler Foundation (Genève – Switzerland)
2009 Scholarship for the International Traineeship within the LLP-Erasmus Placement Programme

Languages

Italian mother tongue
English fluent written and verbal skills
French good written and verbal skills (CEFR Level B1)
Spanish good understanding, basic written and verbal skills
Editorial Activities and Conference Organisation
Co-organisation of Minisymposium 1
Collective Decision Making at MMEE 2017, Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution, London.
Session Chair 1
Conference track of SAB 2016 - 14th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior 23-26 August 2016, Aberystwyth, UK
Local Arrangement Chair 2
  • ANTS 2014 - 9th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
  • ANTS 2012 - 8th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
Associate Editor 2
  • IROS 2017 - IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
  • IROS 2016 - IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
International journals reviewer 8
  • Autonomous Robots
  • Sensors
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Swarm and Evolutionary Computation
  • Swarm Intelligence
  • Physical Biology
  • Robotics Journal (MDPI)
  • Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science
International conference reviewer 15
ICRA 2017, DARS 2016, ANTS 2016, SAB 2016, RSS 2016, EvoRobot 2015 (Evo*), ANTS 2014, DARS 2014, SASO 2014, Living Machines 2014, GECCO 2013, EvoRobot 2013 (Evo*), ANTS 2012, IEEE CEC 2012, BIONETICS 2012,
Talks and conferences
MMEE 2017 2017-07-11
Invited talk "A model of the best-of-N nest-site selection process in honeybees" at Minisymposium on Collective Decision Making, MMEE 2017, Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution, in London.
DARS 2016 2016-11-07
Poster "Effects of Spatiality on Value-Sensitive Decisions Made by Robot Swarms" at DARS 2016 - Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems, London.
NJIT 2016-10-24
Seminar "Decentralised decision making in honeybees and in artificial swarms" at the Swarm Lab, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
SAB 2016 2016-08-26
Talk + poster "Swarm deadlock for symmetric choices over three or more options" at SAB 2016 - International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, Aberystwyth, UK
ISBE 2016 2016-07-30
Talk "A model of the best-of-N nest-site selection process in honeybees" at ISBE 2016 - International Society for Behavioral Ecology, Exeter, UK
IRIDIA - ULB 2016-07-04
PhD public defense: "Engineering swarm systems: A design pattern for the best-of-n decision problem" at Universitè Libre de Bruxelles
Sheffield Robotics 2016-05-24
Seminar: " Engineering swarm systems: A design pattern for the best-of-n decision problem" at Sheffield Robotics Seminars
ICRA 2016 2016-05-19
Talk + poster: "Emergence of Consensus in a Multi-Robot Network: from Abstract Models to Empirical Validation" at ICRA 2016 - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Stockholm
ISTC-CNR 2015-06-17
Talk "A design pattern for decentralised decision-making" at Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council, Rome, Italy
ANTS 2014 2014-09-11
Talk + poster: "Towards a Cognitive Design Pattern for Collective Decision-Making" at ANTS 2014 - International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, Brussels, Belgium
AAMAS 2014 2014-05-07
Poster: "Collective decision making in distributed systems inspired by honeybees behaviour" at AAMAS 2014 - International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems , Paris
KU-Leuven 2014-04-23
Talk: "Engineering Distributed Cognition" at T. Wenseleers Lab, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
TAROS 2011 2011-09-01
Best Poster: "Distributed motion planning for ground objects using a network of robotic ceiling cameras" at TAROS 2011, Conference Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems, Sheffield, UK
RSS 2010 2010-06-27
Poster: "A distributed approach to holonomic path planning" at RSS 2010 - Robotics: Science and Systems, Zaragoza, Spain
Andreagiovanni Reina - Research Associate in Collective Robotics - The University Of Sheffield, UK Design support from SoftyWeb