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

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.

2017-01-27 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

Next on the list

September 24-28, 2017 Conference IROS 2017

Attending the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017) which will be held in Vancouver, Canada. I will present 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

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 Law in the Superorganism.

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