Dr Roderich Gross

PhD, SMIEEE, MACM

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Senior Lecturer in Robotics and Computational Intelligence

Roderich Gross
r.gross@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5610

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Dr Roderich Gross
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Amy Johnson Building
Portobello Street
Sheffield
S1 4DW
Profile

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, a Visiting Scientist at CSAIL, MIT, and an Executive Committee Member of Sheffield Robotics, where I lead the Enabling Technologies theme. I received a Ph.D. degree in engineering science in 2007 from Université libre de Bruxelles, and was a JSPS Fellow (Tokyo Institute of Technology), a Research Associate (University of Bristol), and a Marie Curie Fellow (EPFL & Unilever). My research interests are in robotics and artificial intelligence. I have made contributions to the coordination of robot swarms and reconfigurable robots, and invented a machine learning method called Turing Learning. I served as the General Chair of DARS 2016 and as an Editor of IROS 2015-18. Currently, I serve as an Associate Editor of Swarm Intelligence, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, and ICRA 2019.

Research interests
  • swarm robotics, self-reconfigurable robots, multi-robot coordination, collaborative robots
  • robotics software/tools (human-robot interaction interfaces, formal design tools, operating systems)
  • machine learning for behavior inference (Turing Learning, generative adversarial networks)
  • autonomous systems and decision making
  • natural computing (swarm intelligence, evolutionary algorithms, artificial life)
Publications

Edited books

  • (Ed.) (2012) Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics): Preface.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R, Alboul L, Melhuish C, Witkowski M, Prescott T & Penders J (Eds.) (2011) Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems, 12th Annual Conference, TAROS 2011. Springer Verlag. RIS download Bibtex download
  • (Ed.) (2010) Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics): Preface.. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Groß R, Kolling A, Berman S, Frazzoli E, Martinoli A, Matsuno F & Gauci M (2019) Correction to: Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems, Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (pp. C1-C1). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R (2015) Self-assembly In Gargaud M (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Astrobiology (pp. 2239-2240). Springer RIS download Bibtex download
  • Blum C & Gross R (2015) Swarm Intelligence in Optimization and Robotics In Kacprzyk J & Pedrycz W (Ed.), Springer Handbook of Computational Intelligence (pp. 1291-1309). Berlin, Germany: Springer. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Blum C & Gross R (2015) Swarm Intelligence in Optimization and Robotics In Kacprzyk J & Pedrycz W (Ed.), Springer Handbook of Computational Intelligence (pp. 1291-1291). Springer RIS download Bibtex download
  • (2015) S, Encyclopedia of Astrobiology (pp. 2227-2227). Springer Berlin Heidelberg RIS download Bibtex download
  • Blum C & Groß R (2015) Part f swarm intelligence, Springer Handbook of Computational Intelligence (pp. 1289). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Groß R (2014) Self-Assembly, Encyclopedia of Astrobiology (pp. 1-2). Springer Berlin Heidelberg RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R, O'Grady R, Christensen AL & Dorigo M (2013) The Swarm-bot experience: Strength and mobility through physical cooperation In Kernbach S (Ed.), Handbook of Collective Robotics: Fundamentals and Challenges (pp. 49-79). Pan Stanford Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Glancy J, Groß R & Wilson SP (2013) A Minimal Model of the Phase Transition into Thermoregulatory Huddling, Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems (pp. 381-383). Springer Berlin Heidelberg RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R (2011) Self assembly In Gargaud M (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Astrobiology RIS download Bibtex download
  • (2011) S, Encyclopedia of Astrobiology (pp. 1487-1487). Springer Berlin Heidelberg RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dorigo M, Tuci E, Trianni V, Gross R, Nouyan S, Ampatzis C, Labella HT, O'Grady R, Bonani M & Mondada F (2006) SWARM-BOT: Design and Implementation of Colonies of Self-assembling Robots In Yen GY & Fogel DB (Ed.), Computational Intelligence: Principles and Practice (pp. 103-135). NY: IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Vandermeulen I, Gross R & Kolling A (2020) Sampling-based search for a semi-cooperative target. 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 25 October 2020 - 29 October 2020. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hall M, Ozdemir A & Gross R (2020) Self-Reconfiguration in Two-Dimensions via Active Subtraction with Modular Robots. Robotics: Science and System XVI, 12 July 2020 - 16 July 2020. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Marques JVA, Ozdemir A, Doyle MJ, Rus D & Gros R (2019) Decentralized Pose Control of Modular Reconfigurable Robots Operating in Liquid Environments. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (pp 4855-4861) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pratissoli F, Reina A, Kaszubowski Lopes Y, Sabattini L & Gross R (2019) A soft-bodied modular reconfigurable robotic system composed of interconnected Kilobots. Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems (pp 50-52). New Brunswick, NJ, USA, 22 August 2019 - 23 August 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ozdemir A, Romanishin JW, Gross R & Rus D (2019) Decentralized Gathering of Stochastic, Oblivious Agents on a Grid: A Case Study with 3D M-Blocks. International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems, MRS 2019 (pp 245-251) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Oliehoek FA, Savani R, Gallego J, van der Pol E & Groß R (2019) Beyond Local Nash Equilibria for Adversarial Networks. Communications in Computer and Information Science, Vol. 1021 (pp 73-89) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vandermeulen I, Groß R & Kolling A (2019) Turn-minimizing multirobot coverage. Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Vol. 2019-May (pp 1014-1020) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ozdemir A, Gauci M, Kolling A, Hall M & Gross R (2019) Spatial Coverage Without Computation. 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (pp 9674-9680), 20 May 2019 - 24 May 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Millard A, Ravikanna R, Gross R & Chesmore D (2019) Towards a Swarm Robotic System for Autonomous Cereal Harvesting. Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems, 20th Annual Conference (pp 458-461), 3 July 2019 - 5 July 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kuang Y, Lopes YK & Gross R (2019) Boundary Detection in a Swarm of Kilobots. Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems: 20th Annual Conference, TAROS 2019 (pp 462-466), 3 July 2019 - 5 July 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vandermeulen I, Gross R & Kolling A (2019) Balanced task allocation by partitioning the multiple traveling salesperson problem. 2019 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (pp 1479-1479). Montreal, Canada, 13 May 2019 - 17 May 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vandermeulen I, Gross R, Kolling A & Kosecka J (2018) Re-establishing communication in teams of mobile robots. 2018 IEEE/RSJ INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTELLIGENT ROBOTS AND SYSTEMS (IROS) (pp 7947-7954) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Escalera JA, Doyle MJ, Mondada F & Gross R (2018) Evo-bots: A Simple, Stochastic Approach to Self-Assembling Artificial Organisms. Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems: 13th International Symposium, Vol. 6 (pp 373-385). Cham, Switzerland, 7 November 2016 - 9 November 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Perez-Diaz F, Trenkwalder SM, Zillmer R & Gross R (2018) Emergence and inhibition of synchronization in robot swarms. Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems: 13th International Symposium, Vol. 6 (pp 475-486). Cham, Switzerland, 7 November 2016 - 9 November 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Parrott C, Dodd TJ & Gross R (2018) HyMod: A 3-DOF Hybrid Mobile and Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robot and its Extensions. Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems: 13th International Symposium, Vol. 6 (pp 401-414). Cham, Switzerland, 7 November 2016 - 9 November 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Groß R, Gu Y, Li W & Gauci M (2017) Generalizing GANs: A turing perspective. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, Vol. 2017-December (pp 6317-6327) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Özdemir A, Gauci M & Gross R (2017) Shepherding with robots that do not compute. Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Artificial Life ECAL 2017, 4 September 2017 - 8 September 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lopes YK, Trenkwalder SM, Leal AB, Dodd TJ & Groß R (2017) Probabilistic supervisory control theory (pSCT) applied to swarm robotics. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS, Vol. 3 (pp 1395-1403) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Trenkwalder SM, Lopes YK, Kolling A, Christensen AL, Prodan R & Gross R (2016) OpenSwarm: an event-driven embedded operating system for miniature robots. Proceedings of IROS 2016 (pp 4483-4490), 9 October 2016 - 14 October 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapellmann-Zafra G, Salomons N, Kolling A & Groß R (2016) Human-Robot Swarm Interaction with Limited Situational Awareness (pp 125-136) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapellmann-Zafra G, Chen J & Groß R (2016) Using Google Glass in Human–Robot Swarm Interaction (pp 196-201) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Salomons N, Kapellmann-Zafra G & Groß R (2016) Human Management of a Robotic Swarm (pp 282-287) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Doyle M, Xu X, Gu Y, Perez-Diaz F, Parrott C & Gross R (2016) Modular Hydraulic Propulsion: A Robot that Moves by Routing Fluid Through Itself. 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (pp 5189-5196), 16 May 2016 - 21 May 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Perez-Diaz F, Zillmer R & Gro� R (2015) Firefly-inspired synchronization in swarms of mobile agents. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS, Vol. 1 (pp 279-286) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Parrott C, Dodd TJ & Gross R (2014) Towards a 3-DOF Mobile and Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robot. IROS 2014 Modular and Swarm Robotics Workshop. Chicago, IL, 14 September 2014 - 14 September 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Escalera JA & Gross R (2014) Evo-bots: A Modular Robotics Platform with Efficient Energy Sharing. IROS 2014 Modular and Swarm Robotics Workshop. Chicago, IL, 14 September 2014 - 14 September 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Parrott C, Dodd T & Gross R (2014) HiGen: A High-Speed Genderless Mechanical Connection Mechanism, with Single-Sided Disconnect, for Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robots. Proc. of the 2014 IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2014 (pp 3926-3932). Chicago, IL, 14 September 2014 - 18 May 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lopes YK, Leal AB, Dodd TJ & Gross R (2014) Application of Supervisory Control Theory to Swarms of e-puck and Kilobot Robots. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (pp 62-73). Brussels, Belgium, 10 September 2014 - 12 May 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Li W, Gauci M & Gross R (2014) Coevolutionary Learning of Swarm Behaviors Without Metrics. Proc. of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (pp 201-208). Vancouver, Canada, 12 July 2014 - 15 July 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gauci M, Chen J, Li W, Dodd TJ & Groß R (2014) Clustering objects with robots that do not compute. 13th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2014, Vol. 1 (pp 421-428) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gauci M, Chen J, Dodd TJ & Gross R (2014) Evolving Aggregation Behaviors in Multi-Robot Systems with Binary Sensors. 11th Int. Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (pp 325-338). Baltimore, ML RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chen J, Gauci M & Gross R (2013) A Strategy for Transporting Tall Objects with a Swarm of Miniature Mobile Robots. 2013 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013 (pp 863-869) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Li W, Gauci M & Gross R (2013) A Coevolutionary Approach to Learn Animal Behavior Through Controlled Interaction. GECCO'13: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2013 GENETIC AND EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION CONFERENCE (pp 223-230) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Glancy J, Groß R & Wilson SP (2013) A minimal model of the phase transition into thermoregulatory huddling. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Vol. 8064 LNAI (pp 381-383) RIS download Bibtex download
  • O'Grady R, Christensen AL, Gross R & Dorigo M (2012) Self-organised Computational Structures for Real Time Analysis in Highly Distributed Environmental Monitoring. IROS 2012 Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ding R, Eastwood P, Mondada F & Groß R (2012) A stochastic self-reconfigurable modular robot with mobility control. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Vol. 7429 LNAI (pp 416-417) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chen J, Gauci M, Price MJ & Groß R (2012) Segregation in swarms of e-puck robots based on the Brazil nut effect. 11th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems 2012, AAMAS 2012: Innovative Applications Track, Vol. 2 (pp 688-695) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Price MJ & Groß R (2011) Vision-based segregation behaviours in a swarm of autonomous robots. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Vol. 6856 LNAI (pp 428-429) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chen J & Groß R (2011) Cooperative multi-robot box pushing inspired by human behaviour. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Vol. 6856 LNAI (pp 380-381) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Foster S & Groß R (2011) Forming nested 3D structures based on the brazil nut effect. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Vol. 6856 LNAI (pp 394-395) RIS download Bibtex download
  • O'Grady R, Pinciroli C, Groß R, Christensen AL, Mondada F, Bonani M & Dorigo M (2011) Swarm-bots to the rescue. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Vol. 5777 LNAI(PART 1) (pp 165-172) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Groß R, Magnenat S, Küchler L, Massaras V, Bonani M & Mondada F (2011) Towards an autonomous evolution of non-biological physical organisms. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Vol. 5777 LNAI(PART 1) (pp 173-180) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R, Magnenat S & Mondada F (2009) Segregation in Swarms of Mobile Robots Based on the Brazil Nut Effect. 2009 IEEE-RSJ INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTELLIGENT ROBOTS AND SYSTEMS (pp 4349-4356) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R, Nouyan S, Bonani M, Mondada F & Dorigo M (2008) Division of labour in self-organised groups. FROM ANIMALS TO ANIMATS 10, PROCEEDINGS, Vol. 5040 (pp 426-436) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R & Dorigo M (2007) Fifty Years of Self-Assembly Experimentation. Workshop and Tutorials - CD, 2007 IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) RIS download Bibtex download
  • O'Grady R, Groß R, Christensen AL, Mondada F, Bonani M & Dorigo M (2007) Performance benefits of self-assembly in a swarm-bot.. IROS (pp 2381-2387) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Campo A, Nouyan S, Birattari M, Groß R & Dorigo M (2006) Enhancing cooperative transport using negotiation of goal direction. Belgian/Netherlands Artificial Intelligence Conference RIS download Bibtex download
  • Campo A, Nouyan S, Birattari M, Gross R & Dorigo M (2006) Negotiation of goal direction for cooperative transport. ANT COLONY OPTIMIZATION AND SWARM INTELLIGENCE, PROCEEDINGS, Vol. 4150 (pp 191-202) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R, Bonani M, Mondada F & Dorigo M (2006) Autonomous self-assembly in a swarm-bot. Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Autonomous Minirobots for Research and Edutainment (AMiRE 2005) (pp 314-322) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R, Mondada F & Dorigo M (2006) Transport of an object by six pre-attached robots interacting via physical links. 2006 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION (ICRA), VOLS 1-10 (pp 1317-1323) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R, Tuci E, Dorigo M, Bonani M & Mondada F (2006) Object transport by modular robots that self-assemble. 2006 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION (ICRA), VOLS 1-10 (pp 2558-2564) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R, Dorigo M & Yamakita M (2006) Self-assembly of Mobile Robots: From Swarm-bot to Super-mechano Colony. INTELLIGENT AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS 9 (pp 487-496) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nouyan S, Gross R, Dorigo M, Bonani M & Mondada F (2006) Group Transport Along a Robot Chain in a Self-Organised Robot Colony. INTELLIGENT AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS 9 (pp 433-442) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dorigo M, Tuci E, Gross R, Trianni V, Labella TH, Nouyan S, Ampatzis C, Deneubourg JL, Baldassarre G, Nolfi S , Mondada F et al (2005) The SWARM-BOTS project. SWARM ROBOTICS, Vol. 3342 (pp 31-44) RIS download Bibtex download
  • O'Grady R, Gross R, Mondada R, Bonani M & Dorigo M (2005) Self-assembly on demand in a group of physical autonomous mobile robots navigating rough terrain. ADVANCES IN ARTIFICAL LIFE, PROCEEDINGS, Vol. 3630 (pp 272-281) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R & Dorigo M (2004) Cooperative transport of objects of different shapes and sizes. ANT COLONY OPTIMIZATION AND SWARM INTELLIGENCE, PROCEEDINGS, Vol. 3172 (pp 106-117) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R & Dorigo M (2004) Evolving a cooperative transport behavior for two simple robots. ARTIFICIAL EVOLUTION, Vol. 2936 (pp 305-316) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gross R & Dorigo M (2004) Group transport of an object to a target that only some group members may sense. PARALLEL PROBLEM SOLVING FROM NATURE - PPSN VIII, Vol. 3242 (pp 852-861) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Trianni V, Gross R, Labella TH, Sahin E & Dorigo M (2003) Evolving aggregation behaviors in a swarm of robots. ADVANCES IN ARTIFICIAL LIFE, PROCEEDINGS, Vol. 2801 (pp 865-874) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Groß R, Albrecht K, Kantschik W & Banzhaf W (2002) Evolving Chess Playing Programs.. GECCO (pp 740-747) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gu Y, Wei L & Gross R () Turing Learning with Hybrid Discriminators: Combining the Best of Active and Passive Learning. Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion (GECCO ’20 Companion). New York, NY, USA, 8 July 2020 - 12 July 2020. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kaszubowski Lopes Y, Trenkwalder S, Leal A, Dodd T & Gross R () Supervisory Control of Robot Swarms Using Public Events. 2020 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 31 May 2020 - 4 June 2020. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Groß R () Recent Advances in Swarm Robotics. USES Conference Proceedings RIS download Bibtex download

Datasets

Grants
  • EPSRC 'EPSRC Core Capital', £104,196, from 22/01/2020
  • DSTL 'DSTL Multi Robot Systems', £98.781, from 30/10/2019
  • Industry Research/Consultancy, 'Modular robotics', from 24/03/2017
  • EPSRC 'Robotics Capital Equipment' £462,075, 01/10/2016 - 31/03/2017
  • 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
Teaching activities

I currently teach the following modules:

  • ACS6121 Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • ACS6501 Foundations of Robotics
Professional activities
  • General Chair: DARS 2016 (13th Int Symp on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems)
  • Chair, IEEE CIS Task Force on Swarm Intelligence (2016-2017)
  • Editor, IROS 2019 - 2015 (IEEE/RSJ Int Conf on Intelligent Robots and Systems)
  • Associate Editor: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (from 2015)
  • Associate Editor: IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (from 2015)
  • Associate Editor: Swarm Intelligence (from 2013)
  • Associate Editor: ICRA 2020-2019, 2015 - 2012 (IEEE Int Conf on Robotics and Automation)
  • Associate Editor: IROS, 2014 - 2012 (IEEE/RSJ Int Conf on Intelligent Robots and Systems)
  • Program Co-Chair: GECCO 2018 (Swarm Intelligence Track)
  • Program Co-Chair: AAMAS 2016 (Robotics Track)
  • Program Co-Chair: ANTS 2012 (8th Int Conf on Swarm Intelligence)
  • Program Co-Chair: TAROS 2011 (12th Conf Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems)
  • Publication Chair: ANTS 2010 (7th Int Conf on Swarm Intelligence)
  • Best/Outstanding Associate Editors: 2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
  • Member of the Editorial Board: Frontiers in Robotics & AI
  • Part Editor: Springer Handbook of Computational Intelligence
  • Guest Editor: Distributed Robotics special issue (Auton Robots, 2018)
  • Guest Editor: Swarm Robotics special issue (Neural Comput & Appl, 2010)
  • Guest Editor: TAROS 2011 special issue (Robot Auton Syst)
  • Guest Editor: ANTS 2010 and ANTS 2012 special issues (Swarm Intell)
  • Grant Reviewer for national funding bodies (EU, Canada, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Austria)
  • Reviewer (e.g., Royal Soc Interface, IEEE Trans Robot, Int J Robot Res, IEEE Trans Evol Compt, PLoS ONE)
  • SPC Member: AAMAS 2018
  • PC Member: RSS 2020, NeurIPS 2020, IJCAI 2020, AAMAS 2020, GECCO 2020 

Invited talks (selected)

  • "Advances in distributed robotics and Turing Learning", SSR, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2018)
  • "Robots, swarms and Turing learning", Plenary talk at 27th ERNSI Workshop (European Research Network on System Identification), Cambridge, UK (2018)
  • "Robots, swarms and Turing learning", Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Konstanz, Germany (2018)
  • "Less is more? Defining your building blocks", Dagstuhl seminar on Algorithmic Foundations of Programmable Matter, Germany (2018)
  • "Less is more? Controlling swarms and Turing learning", Biological Distributed Algorithms (BDA) Workshop, UCL, UK (2018)
  • "Less is more? Controlling swarms and Turing learning", Conference on Collective Robotics, International Centre for Theoretical Physics/UNESCO, Italy (2018) 
  • "Less is more? New approaches for swarm control and inference", Janelia Conference on Distributed, Collective Computation in Biological and Artificial Systems, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, VA (2018)
  • "Swarms - design, interaction and learning", University of Southampton, UK (2017)
  • "Advances in massively distributed robotics and machine learning", ULB, Brussels, Belgium (2017)
  • "Bandits, swarms, and Turing Learning", University of Bristol, UK (2017)
  • "Less is more? New approaches for swarm control and inference", 2016 CCS Workshop, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2016)
  • "Controlling swarms of robots without computation", JSPS EPSRC UK - Japan Workshop on Soft Robotics, University of Cambridge, UK (2016)
  • "Swarm robotics", IEEE RAS Summer School on Multi-Robot Systems, NUS, Singapore (2016)
  • "Less is more? New approaches for swarm control and inference", University of Liverpool, UK (2016)
  • "Less is more? New approaches for swarm control and inference", NIPS 2016 Workshop, Montreal, Canada (2015)
  • "Swarm robotics: Minimalism, learning and evolution" - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2015)
  • "Controlling robot swarms - from theory to practice - and evolution beyond control", EPFL, Switzerland (2015)
  • "Swarm robotics - the future of healthcare?", RE.WORK Future Tech Summit, London, UK (2015)
  • "Swarm robotics: Minimalism, learning and evolution" - ULB, Belgium (2014)
  • "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)