I am a Research Associate 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.
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.
Organised the minisymposium on Collective Decision Making at MMEE 2017, Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution in London.
I started the co-supervision (with James Marshall) of the PhD student Salah Talamali who joined the DiODe team to investigate "The role of heterogeneity in collective decision making in robot swarms"!! Welcome Salah!
The article "A model of the best-of-N nest-site selection process in honeybees", by A. Reina, J.A.R. Marshall, V. Trianni, and T. Bose has been accepted for publication on Physical Review E. The article has been selected as Editors' Suggestion and included in the Research Highlights of Nature Physics.
The article "ARK: Augmented Reality for Kilobots", by A. Reina, A.J. Cope, E. Nikolaidis, J.A.R. Marshall, and C. Sabo has been accepted for publication on IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.