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

2018-11-09 Seminar

Invited talk "AI: a bridge towards the future" (in Italian, "Intelligenza Artificiale: un ponte verso il futuro") at Centro Culturale Luigi Padovese in Cucciago (CO), Italy. General public talk about AI, its successes, its limits, and its impact to the society. Open discussion in company of Dr Mauro Ceroni, Associate Professor at University of Pavia.

2018-11-08 Teaching Recognition

I am glad to receive today the recognition of Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)!

2018-11-04 On the media

Today, I appeared mentioning the use of swarm robotics for artificial pollination as part of the show "Indovina chi viene a cena" broadcasted on the Italian National TV Rai 3.

2018-10-31 Best Paper Award

Our paper "Quality-sensitive foraging by a robot swarm through virtual pheromone trails" has been awarded as the Best Paper of ANTS 2018, the 11th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence. This year quality of papers and competition was very high, resulting in a great ANTS 2018 conference!! Thanks everyone!

Oct 29-31, 2018 Publication chair

I am delighted to be the Publication Chair of ANTS 2018, the Eleventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, which will be held on October 29-31, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

25-26th October 2018 Meetings

Participating to the international workshop "Swarm Robotics: Pushing the state of the art in Rome. A great opportunity to meet colleagues and friends, and attending fantastic talks.

2018-10-11 Invited lecture

Invited lecture at the Bristol Robotics Lab as part of the Collective Dynamics seminars. Speaking about "Decentralised Value-Sensitive Decision Making: From Bees to Robots". Thank you, Sabine Hauert, to invite me there and for the fabolous tour of BRL! :-)

2018-09-24 Master Thesis co-supervision

The student Francesco Canciani from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) started his six months visit to Sheffield Robotics. Francesco will do his MSc thesis project under the supervision of myself and James on "swarm resiliency in collective decision-making". Welcome, Francesco!

2018-09-05 Invited lecture

Invited lecture at the IDLAB of the Department of Information Technology at the Ghent University, in Belgium titled "Decentralised Value-Sensitive Decision Making: From Bees to Robots".

2018-08-07 Awarded Grant

James Marshall and I have been awarded the basic research grant Swarm Awareness from the ONRG.
The Swarm Awareness project aims to endow a swarm with awareness of its own state, thus allowing individual agents to reach a consensus on the global swarm state. Particular examples of states to measure are swarm size (number of agents), fraction of the swarm committed to a unique decision (quorum), and super-threshold decision (decision-state).

2018-08-06 h-index

My Google Scholar profile reached h-index 10. Happy to see that my studies are receiving attention from the scientific community.

23-27 July 2018. Attending ECMTB 2018

Going to present the work "Studying Psychophysical Laws in the Superorganism through a Novel Automated Analysis Tool" at the 11th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ECMTB 2018) which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 23 to 27 July, 2018.

19-22 July 2018 Public Engagement

We went to showcase the Sheffield Robotics research at the BlueDot festival. Very intense four days.
Great festival, great people, great bands!!

2018-06-21 Robot Film

Released the Short Robot Film: No War.

Robots become every day more 'intelligent'. What if robots will be so intelligent to say NO to war? This would be a happier future.

2018-06-20 Swarm Intelligence's Editor

Just accepted the invitation as Guest Editor for the ANTS 2018 special issue of Swarm Intelligence, Springer.

2018-06-15 Accepted article

The article "Quality-sensitive foraging by a robot swarm through virtual pheromone trails", by A. Font Llenas, M.S. Talamali, X. Xu, J.A.R. Marshall, and A. Reina has been accepted for publication as a full paper on the Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ANTS 2018).

2018-06-15 Accepted article

The article "Simulating Kilobots within ARGoS: models and experimental validation", by C. Pinciroli, M.S. Talamali, A. Reina, J.A.R. Marshall and V.Trianni has been accepted for publication as a full paper on the Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ANTS 2018).

2018-05-30 Teaching

The student Trisha A. Dela Luna from Sheffield Hallam University will do her MSc thesis with us on a project titled "Emergence of traffic lanes in a robot swarm" under the co-supervision of myself, Salah Talamali, Prof. James Marshall, and Dr. Xu Xu. Welcome Trisha!

2018-05-08 Talk at the Conference on Collective Behaviour

The Conference on Collective Behaviour held at ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics) of Trieste has been fantastic! The scientific level was exceptionally high and it has been great to meet so many good researchers all in one place. If you want to see my talk, it is available at this link: http://indico.ictp.it/event/8307/session/1/contribution/17/material/video/.

2018-05-01 PhD supervision

The PhD student Salah Talamali, who is supervised by James Marshall and me, has successfully passed his First Year Confirmation Review and starts his second year of PhD studies. Congratulations, Salah!

2018-04-23 Teaching

Invited lecture "Collective decision-making: from bees to robots" at the course COM6009 Modelling and Simulation of Natural Systems. Thanks, Dr Dawn Walker for the invitation.

2018-04-10 On the media

Today, it has been broadcasted my interview on the BBC Radio Sheffield about my recent work on Psychophysical Laws and the Superorganism published in Scientific Reports.

2018-04-05 On the Media

The Canadian TV, CBC, came to interview the DiODe and Brains on Board teams at Sheffield Robotics. Here below, their footage featuring among others James Marshall and myself.

2018-03-29 On the Media

Our latest article received some interest from the public and my interview went on various media, including Newsweek, Daily Mail Online, BBC Wildlife Magazine, and my hometown newspaper La Provincia.

2018-03-13 Master Thesis co-supervision

The student Anna Font Llenas, supervised by Dr. Xu Xu, myself, Salah Talamali, and Prof. James Marshall, successfully defended her Master Thesis in Automation, Control and Robotics from Sheffield Hallam University! Congratulations Anna! and Good Luck for your future!

2018-02-22 Accepted article

The article "Psychophysical Laws and the Superorganism", by A. Reina, T. Bose, V. Trianni, and J.A.R. Marshall has been accepted for publication on Scientific Reports. See all the publications.

Spring 2018 Associate Editor IROS 2018

Contributing as Associate Editor to IROS 2018, the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Madrid (October, 1-5, 2018).

December 2017 - June 2018 New student project

I am happy to start a new project based on robot and art in collaboration between the Department of Computer Science of the University of Sheffield and the Sheffield Institute of Arts of Sheffield Hallam University. The project is partially funded by the OnCampUS Placements framework by the University of Sheffield. The project aims to create an art performance in which hundreds of Kilobot robots will perform as artists.

2017-11-23 Seminar

During the invited lecture titled "A Tool for Automated Analysis of Collective Behaviour Models" at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (joint seminar IRIDIA and Unit of Social Ecology), I will present the new open-source software that we developed to help everyone with the analysis of collective behaviours.

November 2017 Seminars

During the month of November 2017, I gave invited lectures titled "Decentralised Value-Sensitive Decision Making: From Bees to Robots" in three prestigious laboratories of Japan: the Matsuno Lab at the Kyoto University (Nov 2), the Ohkura Laboratory of the Hiroshima University (Nov 6), and the Ikegami Laboratory of the University of Tokyo (Nov 8). I am glad I had the opportunity to meet with researchers of these groups, as well as to discover some of the Japanese culture. It has been fantastic! Thank you everyone for inviting me! and finally thank you, Prof. Kiyohiko Hattori, for helping me during my lovely Japanese journey.

October 29 - November 1, 2017 Conference SWARM 2017

Attending the SWARM 2017: The 2nd International Symposium on Swarm Behavior and Bio-Inspired Robotics which will be held in Kyoto, Japan. I will present our study on Psychophysical Laws in the Superorganism.

September 24-28, 2017 Conference IROS 2017

Attended the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017), held in Vancouver, Canada. I presented ARK, Augmented Reality for Kilobots, published on IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 2(3): 1755-1761 (2017) by A. Reina, A.J. Cope, E. Nikolaidis, J.A.R. Marshall, C. Sabo. Online video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0KvPzhOSDo

July 2017 - March 2018 Teaching

The student Anna Font Llenas from Sheffield Hallam University will do her MSc thesis with a project titled "Value-sensitive decisions through pheromone trails" under the co-supervision of myself, Salah Talamali, Prof. James Marshall, and Dr. Xu Xu.
Welcome!

2017-07-13 Bachelor Thesis co-supervision

The student Eleftherios Nikolaidis, supervised by Dr. Tzekis Panagiotis, myself, and Prof. James Marshall, successfully defended his Bachelor Thesis titled "Creation of an overhead controller for the Kilobots and collective behavior" from Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki! Congratulations Eleftherios! and Good Luck with your MSc in Surrey!

10-12 July 2017 Minisymposium @MMEE-2017

Organised the minisymposium on Collective Decision Making at MMEE 2017, Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution in London.

2017-05-02 PhD supervision

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!

2017-04-19 Accepted article

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.

2017-04-10 Accepted article

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.

2017-03-13 Accepted paper

The article "Scheduling the Access to Shared Space in Multi-Robot Systems", by Y. Khaluf, C. Markarian, P. Simoens, A. Reina is accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and multi-agents systems (PAAMS'17).

2017-03-08 Accepted article

The article "Collective Decision-Making", by T. Bose, A. Reina, and J.A.R. Marshall, has been accepted for publication on Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.

Spring 2017 Associate Editor IROS 2017

Contributing as Associate Editor to IROS 2017, the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.

2017-02-21 On the media

Today, it we recorded a video for the BBC Radio 1 show "Can A Robot Replace Ed Sheeran? which features hundreds of Kilobots from Sheffield Robotics. I coordinated the demo and the video recording.

2017-01-27 Master Thesis co-supervision

The student Salah Talamali, supervised by Dr. Hongwei Zhang, Prof. James Marshall, and myself, successfully defended his Master Thesis titled Automatic calibration for scalable collective robotics and brilliantly completed his studies with Distinction, 77%! Congratulations Salah! Well Done!!!

Merry Christmas New Video

Season greetings from the DiODe team and the Kilobots at Sheffield Robotics.

2016-12-21 Award

I've been recognised as Dedicated Outstanding Thesis Mentor! Thanks @kayguccione to run the thesis mentoring programme.

6-9 November 2016 Conference DARS 2016

Presenting our work "Effects of Spatiality on Value-Sensitive Decisions Made by Robot Swarms", A. Reina, T. Bose, V. Trianni, J.A.R. Marshall, at DARS, the 13th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems at the Natural History Museum in London, UK.

2016-10-24 Seminar

Invited talk "Decentralised decision making in honeybees and in artificial swarms" at the Swarm Lab headed by Simon Garnier at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Cool lab with a mix of robots and slime molds.

17-21 October 2016 Visiting collaborators

DiODe Group trip to the University of Princeton to visit the project collaborators: Naomi Leonard, Phil Holmes, Jon Cohen and their groups. Four days sharing ideas, planning future steps and interacting with amazing scientists. Among others we also met Nathaniel Daw, Debora Gordon and Corina Tarnita. What a great trip. Looking forward to fruitful collaborations.

Fall 2016 Research

Leading a team of five people composed of Alex Cope, Chelsea Sabo, Eleftherios Nikolaidis, Salah Talamali and Michael Port with the goal of building an augmented reality arena for our kilobot swarm. Let's try!

2016-09-30 Public outreach - Researcher Night

Presented our studies on decentralised decision making at the researcher night. We got the attention of children and adults through our 80 robot swarm! A nice evening!

September 2016 - April 2017 Teaching

The student Eleftherios Nikolaidis, from Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITHE), Greece, joined the DiODe group through an Erasmus Internship Scholarship of 6 months. I will guide him to build new IR boards to communicate with our robot swarm!! Welcome!

8-9 September 2016 Conference ANTS 2016

Attending the conference ANTS 2016, the 10th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence in Brussels. A great opportunity to visit colleagues and see inspiring talks like the one of Iain Couzin!

2016-09-07 Accepted paper

The paper "Effects of Spatiality on Value-Sensitive Decisions Made by Robot Swarms" by A. Reina, T. Bose, V. Trianni and J.A.R. Marshall is accepted at the 13th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems.

23-26 August 2016 Conference SAB 2016

Presenting "Swarm deadlock for symmetric choices over three or more options" at SAB 2016, the 14th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior in Aberystwyth. Thank you, Elio Tuci, for the hospitality.

28 July- 2 August 2016 Conference ISBE 2016

Presenting our work "A model of the honeybee best-of-N nest-site selection process" at the 6th congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology in Exeter.

July 2016 - January 2017 Teaching

The student Salah Talamali from Sheffield Hallam University will do his MSc thesis with me and James on "Automatic calibration for scalable collective robotics". Welcome!

Closed Recruiting

Open position as a Research Associate in Collective Robotics for 1 year within the ERC project "DiODe: Distributed Algorithms for Optimal Decision-Making" led by Prof. James Marshall at the University of Sheffield, UK. The post holder will have the opportunity to work with a 1,000 robot swarm in an internationally-leading research environment (the Department of Computer Science was ranked 5th in the UK as part of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework evaluations).
We are looking for outstanding candidates that have (or are about to receive) a PhD in Computer Science or Electronic Engineering, experience of designing and developing electronic circuit boards, and experience of device firmware programming.
More information can be found at: https://t.co/6H92Stt79c
Application deadline: August 11th, 2016

2016-07-04 PhD !

I obtained my PhD title! Finally! I'm Happy of the achievement!

2016-06-29 Conference TAROS

Demonstration of an experiment with 100 kilobots at the conference TAROS during the visit at the Sheffield Robotics Lab.

16 - 21 May 2016 Attending ICRA 2016

Presenting the work Emergence of Consensus in a Multi-Robot Network: from Abstract Models to Empirical Validation, by V. Trianni, D. De Simone, A. Reina, A. Baronchelli at ICRA 2016 in Stockholm.

2016-05-11 Science outreach

Took part of the outreach event with the Sheffield Robotics Outreach event organised by Chelsea Sabo. Thank you for this beautiful opportunity.

9 - 10 May 2016 Visiting collaborators

Visiting Prof. Peter Swain and his laboratory at the University of Edinburgh. Fantastic occasion to see research at the cutting edge of cellular decision making.

2016-04-22 Networking

Attending the Research Away Day of the Department of Computer Science. A nice opportunity to meet colleagues working on interesting things few steps away.

2016-03-11 Public engagement - Discovery Night

Showcase of one of my experiments with a swarm of robots at the Discovery Night. A lot of interested people and the kids loved it!! :-)

2-3 March 2016 Visiting collaborators

Visiting the project collaborator Sander van Doorn and his group for putting the basis for a collaboration on cellular decision making studies.

Spring 2016 Associate Editor IROS 2016

Contributing as Associate Editor to IROS 2016, the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.

2016-02-24 Hosted guest

Invited Cristian Fernández-Oto from the Department of Physics of Université Libre de Bruxelles to give a talk at the join seminar of the Biological Physics and Mathematical Biology groups.

2016-01-05 Accepted article

Accepted journal paper V. Trianni, D. De Simone, A. Reina, A. Baronchelli. Emergence of Consensus in a Multi-Robot Network: from Abstract Models to Empirical Validation. Robotics and Automation Letters, IEEE, vol.PP, no.99, pp.1, 2016.

2015-10-23 New Article!

Now online our journal article: A. Reina, G. Valentini, C. Fernàndez-Oto, M. Dorigo and V. Trianni. A design pattern for decentralised decision making. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0140950, 2015. Congratulations to all the co-authors, and a special thanks to Vito for the exceptional guidance in pursuing this research path and achieving this exceptional result!

7 - 10 September 2015 Visiting collaborators

DiODe Group trip to the University of Princeton to visit the project collaborators: Prof. Naomi Leonard,Prof. Philip Holmes and Prof. Jonathan Cohen. A wonderful way to begin a new project!

2015-09-01 New job position!

Start new position as Research Associate in Collective Robotics at the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Prof. James Marshall. I am currently involved in the ERC project DiODe - Distributed Algorithms for Optimal Decision-Making.

2015-06-17 Invited speech

I gave a short seminar at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (ISTC-CNR), in Rome titled "A cognitive design pattern for decentralised decision making".

2015-05-11 Accepted article

The article titled "AutoMoDe-Chocolate: automatic design of control software for robot swarms", with authors G. Francesca, M. Brambilla, A. Brutschy, L. Garattoni, R. Miletitch, G. Podevijn, A. Reina, T. Soleymani, M. Salvaro, C. Pinciroli, F. Mascia, V. Trianni and M. Birattari, has been accepted in the international journal Swarm Intelligence (Springer). Congratulations to all the co-authors of this article!!

2015-05-04 Accepted article

The article "A quantitative micro-macro link for collective decision: the shortest path discovery/selection example", with authors A. Reina, R. Miletitch, M. Dorigo and V. Trianni, has been accepted in the international journal Swarm Intelligence (Springer). Congratulations to all the co-authors of this article!!

2015-04-03 Accepted paper

The paper "Augmented reality for robots: virtual sensing technology applied to a swarm of e-pucks" has been accepted to the IEEE 2015 NASA/ESA Conference of Adaptive Hardware and Systems that will take place in Montreal (Canada) on June 15-18, 2015. Congratulations to all the co-authors of this article!!

2015-03-17 Master Thesis co-supervision

The student Mattia Salvaro, which has been supervised by Prof. Michela Milano, Dr. Mauro Birattari, myself and Gianpiero Francesca, successfully defended his Master Thesis titled Virtual sensing technology applied to a swarm of autonomous robots obtaining the maximum grade for his thesis work. Congratulations Mattia! Well Done!!!

February 2015 Teaching Assistant

First lesson of the course Swarm Intelligence (INFO-H-414) in which I am teaching assistant.

1st November - 15th December, 2014 Visiting period

Visiting period at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technology of the Italian National Research Council, Rome, Italy. Very fruitful collaboration with Vito Trianni

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2018-11-26 Invited lecture

Invited lecture at the University of Southern Denmark, SDU in the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute. Thank you, Anders Lyhne Christensen , for the invitation!! Happy to catch up with ex-IRIDIAns!

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