The University of Sheffield
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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
Room: F9, Engineering Graduate School building (Sheffield Centre for Robotics)

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Roderich Gross received a Diploma degree in computer science in 2001 from Dortmund University of Technology (Germany) and an M.Sc. in applied science and a Ph.D. degree in engineering sciences in 2003 and 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). Since January 2010, he has been a lecturer in the ACSE department of the University of Sheffield (UK).

Curriculum vitae (PDF file) [last updated: October 2011]

Research interests

Research Grants


I currently teach the following modules:

Professional activities and recognition

- Associate Editor of Swarm Intelligence
- Program Chair of ANTS 2012 (8th Int Conf on Swarm Intelligence)
- Program Chair of TAROS 2011 (12th Conf Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems)
- Associate Editor of ICRA 2014, ICRA 2013 and ICRA 2012 (IEEE Int Conf on Robotics and Automation)
- Associate Editor of IROS 2013 and IROS 2012 (IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and 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
- 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 UK EPSRC Research Council and Leverhulme Trust
- 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 2014, AAMAS 2014, RSS 2013, GECCO 2014, ECAL 2013)
- EPSRC First Grant (2013-2014)
- Marie Curie Reintegration Grant (2010-2013)
- Industry Sponsored Research Grant (2011-2012)
- Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (2008-2009)
- Marie Curie Host Fellowship for Transfer of Knowledge (2007)
- JSPS Post-doctoral Fellowship for North American and European Researchers (2005)

Invited talks (selected)

- "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)
- "Recent advances in swarm robotics," Department of Computer Science, Univ. of Paderborn, Germany (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, Univ. of the West of England & Univ. of Bristol, UK (2007)
- "Self-assembling robots," Ant Lab, University of Bristol, UK (2006)
- "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)
- "Cooperative transport by swarm-bots," BioSystems Group, Univ. of Leeds, UK (2004)
- "Evolving chess playing programs," IRIDIA, Univ. Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (2001)

Selected publications

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

Gross R, "Self-Assembly in a Swarm of Autonomous Robots Studies in Computational Intelligence", Springer Verlag, Berlin, Germany, to appear

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:

Gauci M., Chen J., Li W., Dodd T.J., Gross R. "Self-organized aggregation without computation," International Journal of Robotics Research, in press

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