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