Dr Roderich Gross

Senior Lecturer in Robotics and Computational Intelligence

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Dr Roderich Gross Dipl.-Inform. DEA PhD SMIEEE MACM
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
University of Sheffield
Engineering Graduate School building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD
Tel: +44-114-222-5610
Fax: +44-114-222-5683
Email: r.gross@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: F9, Pam Liversidge building (Sheffield Centre for Robotics)

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Roderich Gross received a Diploma degree (summa cum laude) in computer science in 2001 from Dortmund University of Technology (Germany) and a Ph.D. degree in engineering sciences in 2007 from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). From 2005-2007, he was a JSPS research fellow at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), a research associate with the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol (UK), and a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Unilever R&D Port Sunlight (UK). From 2008-2009 he was a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the EPFL (Switzerland). From 2010-2013, he was a Lecturer and since January 2014, he has been a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering of the University of Sheffield.

Curriculum vitae (PDF file) [last updated: October 2014]

Research interests

  • robotics (swarm robotics, multi-robot systems, autonomous robots)
  • self-organized systems (self-assembly, self-reconfiguration, self-repair, self-replication)
  • natural computing (swarm intelligence, evolutionary algorithms, artificial life)
  • mathematical biology (decision making)

Research Grants

  • EPSRC ‘Human-Machine Cooperation in Robotics and Autonomous Systems’ £330,333.80 (App No.138565) 01/07/2013 – 30/09/2014
  • ESPRC ‘Evo-Bots’ £100,905 (App No. 135020) 01/07/2013 – 31/12/2014
  • EU FP7 'Evolving Robots' £37,125 (PERG07-GA-2010-267354) 01/09/2010 - 31/08/2013
  • Unilever Research ‘Unilever Research Portsunlight’ £62,414 (App No. 132096) 01/11/2011 – 31/07/2012


I currently teach the following modules:

  • ACS330 Group Project
  • ACS6121 Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • ACS6334 Mobile Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles
  • PSY6317 Methods in Computational Intelligence

Professional activities and recognition

- General Chair of DARS 2016 (13th Int Symp on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems)
- Associate Editor of IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (from 2015)
- Associate Editor of Swarm Intelligence (from 2013)
- Associate Editor of ICRA 2012-2015 (IEEE Int Conf on Robotics and Automation)
- Associate Editor of IROS 2012-2014 (IEEE/RSJ Int Conf on Intelligent Robots and Systems)
- Program Chair of ANTS 2012 (8th Int Conf on Swarm Intelligence)
- Program Chair of TAROS 2011 (12th Conf Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems)
- Publication Chair of ANTS 2010 (7th Int Conf on Swarm Intelligence)
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Int. J. of Natural Computing Research
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Int. J. of Bio-Inspired Computation
- Part Editor of Springer Handbook of Computational Intelligence (March 2015)
- Guest Editor of Swarm Robotics special issue (Neural Comput & Appl)
- Guest Editor of TAROS 2011 special issue (Robot Auton Syst)
- Guest Editor of ANTS 2010 and ANTS 2012 special issues (Swarm Intell)
- Grant Reviewer for national funding bodies (Canada, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Austria)
- Reviewer for 25 int. journals (e.g., Royal Soc Interface, IEEE Trans Robot, Int J Robot Res, IEEE Trans Evol Compt, PLoS ONE)
- PC Member of 40 int. conf. (e.g. AAAI 2015, AAMAS 2015, GECCO 2014, ECAL 2013)

Invited talks (selected)

- "Swarm robotics: Minimalism, learning and evolution" - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (2014)
- "Is less more? Design principles for massively distributed robotic systems" - The Royal Society UK-Russia Frontiers of Science meeting, Kazan, Russia (2013)
- "Towards distributed autonomous robotic systems," CSAIL, MIT, USA (2012)
- "Towards autonomous robotic systems," Transducers Science and Technology Group, Univ. of Twente, The Netherlands (2011)
- "From natural swarms to swarms of robots," Thrilling Wonder Stories 3, Architectural Association London, UK (2011)
- "Self-assembly at the macroscopic scale," Self-Assembly on all Scales workshop, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany (2011)
- "Autonomous mobile systems inspired by nature," Institute of Computer Science, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany (2009)
- "Autonomous robotic systems inspired by nature," Fakultaet fuer Informatik, Univ. of Karlsruhe, Germany (2009)
- "Physical interactions in multi-robot systems," Faculty of EE & IT, Technical Univ. of Munich, Germany (2009)
- "Self-assembling robots: Physical interactions in collective robotics," IPVS, Univ. of Stuttgart, Germany (2008)
- "What properties are required for individuals that work in groups or teams?," IPAB, Univ. of Edinburgh, UK (2007)
- "Teamwork in colonies of insect-like robots," Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK (2007)
- "Self-assembly and its use in swarm-bot," Murata Lab, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan (2005)
- "Group transport by a self-assembling robotic system," Kosuge and Wang Lab, Tohoku Univ., Japan (2005)
- "Swarm-bots: A self-assembling robotic system," Fukuda Lab, Nagoya Univ., Japan (2005)

Selected publications

Authored books, guest-edited special issues, edited books:

Gross R., Alboul L., Melhuish C., Witkowski M., and Prescott T., and Penders J. (Editors), "Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems, 12th Annual Conference, TAROS 2011", LNCS 6856, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 2011

Dorigo M., Birattari M., Di Caro G., Doursat R., Engelbrecht A., Gambardella L.M., Gross; R., Sahin E., and Stuetzle T. (Editors) "ANTS 2010 Special Issue," Swarm Intelligence, 5(3-4), 2011 and 6(1), 2012

Dorigo M., Birattari M., Di Caro G. A., Doursat R., Engelbrecht A. P., Floreano D., Gambardella L. M., Gross R., Sahin E., Sayama H., and Stützle T. (Editors), "Swarm Intelligence, 7th International Conference, ANTS 2010", LNCS 6234, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 2010

Correll N. and Gross R. (Editors). "Special Issue on Swarm Robotics," Neural Computing & Applications, 19(6):785-865, 2010

International journals:

Chen J., Gauci M., Li W., Kolling A., and Gross R. "Occlusion-based cooperative transport with a swarm of miniature mobile robots," IEEE Transactions on Robotics (in press)

Gauci M., Chen J., Li W., Dodd T.J., Gross R. "Self-organized aggregation without computation," International Journal of Robotics Research, 33(8):1145-1161, 2014

Gauci M., Dodd T.J., and Gross R. "Why 'GSA: A gravitational search algorithm' is not genuinely based on the law of gravity," Natural Computing, 11(4):719-720, 2012

Penders J., Alboul L., Prescott T., Gross R., Melhuish C., and Witkowski M., "TAROS 2011," Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 60(11):1355, 2012

Dorigo M., Birattari M., Di Caro G., Doursat R., Engelbrecht A., Gambardella L.M., Gross; R., Sahin E., and Stuetzle T. "ANTS 2010 Special Issue," Guest Editorial, Swarm Intelligence, 5(3-4):143-147, 2011

Correll N. and Gross R. "From Swarm Robotics to Smart Materials," Guest Editorial. Special Issue on "Swarm Robotics", Neural Computing & Applications, 19(6):785-786, 2010

O'Grady R., Gross R., Christensen A.L., and Dorigo M. "Self-assembly strategies in a group of autonomous mobile robots," Autonomous Robots, 28(4):439-455, 2010

Nouyan S., Gross R., Bonani M., Mondada F., and Dorigo M. "Teamwork in self-organized robot colonies," IEEE Trans Evolutionary Computation, 13(4):695-711, 2009

Gross R. and Dorigo M. "Towards group transport by swarms of robots," International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation, 1(1-2):1-13, 2009

Gross R. and Dorigo M. "Self-assembly at the macroscopic scale," Proceedings of the IEEE, 96(9):1490-1508, 2008

Gross R., Houston A.I., Collins E.J., McNamara J.M., Dechaume-Moncharmont F.-X., and Franks N.R. "Simple learning rules to cope with changing environments," Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 5(27):1193-1202, 2008

Gross R. and Dorigo M. "Evolution of solitary and group transport behaviors for autonomous robots capable of self-assembling," Adaptive Behavior, 16(5): 285-305, 2008

Franks N.R., Hooper J.W., Gumn M., Bridger T.H., Marshall J.A.R., Gross R., and Dornhaus A. "Moving targets: collective decisions and flexible choices in house-hunting ants," Swarm Intelligence, 1(2):81-94, 2007

Gross R., Bonani M., Mondada F. and Dorigo M. "Autonomous self-assembly in swarm-bots," IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 22(6):1115-1130, 2006

Tuci E., Gross R.; Trianni V., Mondada F., Bonani M. and Dorigo M. "Cooperation through self-assembly in multi-robot systems," ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, 1(2):115-150, 2006

Dorigo M., Trianni V., Sahin E., Gross R., Labella T.H., Baldassarre G., Nolfi S., Deneubourg J.-L., Mondada F., Floreano D. and Gambardella L.M. "Evolving self-organizing behaviors for a swarm-bot," Autonomous Robots, 17(2-3):223-245, 2004

List of publications:

List of publications