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Andreagiovanni Reina

FNRS Research Fellow, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

I am a FNRS Research Fellow in Collective Behaviour at the IRIDIA, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies on Artificial Intelligence, of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium. I am currently working on the FNRS project HECOROS—Heterogeneity for Cost-Effective Robot Swarms—with Prof. Marco Dorigo. I am also a Visiting Fellow of the the University of Sheffield, in the UK, where I am Principal Investigator of the ONRG Swarm Awareness project together with Prof. James Marshall.

My research interests are collective decision making, swarm robotics and distributed cognition. I use mathematical and computational models to study collective intelligence. My focus is on understanding and controlling distributed decision making processes. These decision processes can be observed in several systems in nature, from insects colonies to neurons. I try to understand them better and to use this knowledge to engineer distributed systems, such as robot swarms or mobile sensor networks. I often validate my studies by showcasing swarm robotics experiments.

From 2015 to 2020, I was a Research Fellow in Collective Robotics at the Behavioural and Evolutionary Theory Lab of the University of Sheffield, in the UK, as part of the ERC project DiODe - Distributed Algorithms for Optimal Decision-Making led by Prof. James Marshall.

From 2011 to 2015, I conducted my research as Ph.D. student at IRIDIA, 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.


  • –present
    FNRS Research Fellow, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)