The seminar is expected to start at 1:00 pm CET (4:00 pm GST) on both days
Day 1: 10th March, 2021
Day 1: 10th March, 2021

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  • Session Chair:
  • Eliseo Ferrante

    Principal Scientist at the Autonomous Robotics Research Centre, Technology Innovation Institute

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Track 1 Bio-inspired and swarms

1:00 pm -1:20 pm

The automatic off-line design of robot swarms: recent advances and perspectives
  • Speaker:
  • David Garzón Ramos
  • Authors:

    David Garzón Ramos, Darko Bozhinoski, Gianpiero Francesca, Lorenzo Garattoni, Ken Hasselmann, Miquel Kegeleirs, Jonas Kuckling, Antoine Ligot, Fernando J. Mendiburu, Federico Pagnozzi, Muhammad Salman, Thomas Stützle and Mauro Birattari

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1:20 pm -1:40 pm

Inflexible minorities prevent group consensus and cross-inhibition restores agreement
  • Speaker:
  • Andreagiovanni Reina
  • Authors:

    Andreagiovanni Reina and Raina Zakir

1:40 pm - 2:20 pm

Adding security to robot swarms
  • Keynote Speaker:
  • Prof. Marco Dorigo

    IRIDIA, the Artificial Intelligence laboratory, Université Libre de Bruxelles

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm

Towards a new generation of self-growing plant-inspired robots
  • Keynote Speaker:
  • Prof. Barbara Mazzolai

    Center for Micro-BioRobotics at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Distributed coverage control for multi-robot systems with limited sensing capabilities
  • Speaker:
  • Federico Pratissoli
  • Authors:

    Federico Pratissoli, Beatrice Capelli and Lorenzo Sabattini

3:20pm - 3:35 pm

Break

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Track 2 Perception and learning

3:35 pm - 3:55 pm

A semantic segmentation based approach for navigation in a simulated urban environment
  • Speaker:
  • Juan Galvis
  • Authors:

    Juan Galvis

3:55 pm - 4:35 pm

From robotics to prosthetics, and back again
  • Keynote Speaker:
  • Prof. Antonio Bicchi

    Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa and Robotics at University of Pisa

4:35 pm - 4:55 pm

Real-Time system identification of unmanned aerial vehicles using deep neural networks and the modified relay feedback test
  • Speaker:
  • Mohamad Chehadeh
  • Authors:

    Mohamad Chehadeh, Abdulla Ayyad, Mohamad Wahbah, Oussama Abdulhay, Igor Boiko and Yahya Zweiri

4:55 pm - 5:10 pm

Break

5:10 pm - 5:30 pm

Partially unsupervised deep meta-reinforcement learning
  • Speaker:
  • Jonas Eschmann
  • Authors:

    Jonas Eschmann, Claudio Zito and Jan Peters

5:30 pm - 5:50 pm

Building resilience to out-of-distribution visual data via input optimization
  • Speaker:
  • Christopher Holder
  • Authors:

    Christopher Holder, Jorge Dias and Majid Khonji

5:50 pm - 6:10 pm

"In the Air" ML-driven optimization of UAV coverage and resource utilization
  • Speaker:
  • Lorenzo Bellone
  • Authors:

    Lorenzo Bellone, Claudio Zito, Enrico Natalizio and Carla Fabiana Chiasserini

6:10 pm - 6:50 pm

Supporting industry 4.0 in next-generation cellular networks: the digital twin use case
  • Keynote Speaker:
  • Prof. Carla Chiasserini

    Politecnico di Torino

Day 2: 11th March, 2021
Day 2: 11th March, 2021

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  • Session Chair:
  • Giulia De Masi

    Principal Scientist at the Autonomous Robotics Research Centre, Technology Innovation Institute

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Track 3: Marine

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm

Bioinspired soft robotics: Lessons from marine species for marine robot applications
  • Keynote Speaker:
  • Prof. Cecilia Laschi

    National University of Singapore

1:40 pm - 2:20 pm

Underwater localization and navigation for autonomous vehicles
  • Keynote Speaker:
  • Prof. Andrea Caiti

    University of Pisa

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Track 4: Platforms and tools

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

Multi-Swarm interaction through augmented reality
  • Speaker:
  • Luigi Feola
  • Authors:

    Luigi Feola, Valerio Stinco, Andreagiovanni Reina, Mohamed Salaheddine Talamali, James Marshall and Vito Trianni

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm

Moblot: molecular oblivious robots
  • Speaker:
  • Alessia Di Fonso
  • Authors:

    Serafino Cicerone, Alessia Di Fonso, Gabriele Di Stefano and Alfredo Navarra

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Break

3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

Towards large-scale scalable MAV swarms with ROS2 and UWB-based situated communication
  • Speaker:
  • Jorge Peña Queralta
  • Authors:

    Jorge Peña Queralta, Xianjia Yu, Qingqing Li and Tomi Westerlund

3:35 pm - 3:55 pm

RaViPAS - radio-visual probabilistic active sensing
  • Speaker:
  • Luca Varotto
  • Authors:

    Luca Varotto and Angelo Cenedese

3:55 pm - 4:35 pm

Next-Generation embedded platforms for robotics
  • Keynote Speaker:
  • Prof. Marko Bertogna

    University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

4:35pm - 5:15 pm

The artificial intelligence behind swarms of autonomous tiny drones
  • Keynote Speaker:
  • Prof. Guido De Croon

    Delft University of Technology

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Break

5:30 pm - 6:10 pm

NFV in the air
  • Keynote Speaker:
  • Prof. Fabrizio Granelli

    University of Trento

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Panel discussion - The present and the future of robotics: challenges and perspectives

6:10 pm - 6:55 pm

  • Panel Moderator:
  • Enrico Natalizio
  • Principal Researcher at the Autonomous Robotics Research Centre, Technology Innovation Institute

  • Panelists:

Prof. Davide Scaramuzza

Davide Scaramuzza (Italian) is a Professor of Robotics and Perception at both departments of Informatics (University of Zurich) and Neuroinformatics (joint between the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich), where he directs the Robotics and Perception Group. His research lies at the intersection of robotics, computer vision, and machine learning, using standard cameras and event cameras, and aims to enable autonomous, agile navigation of micro drones in search and rescue applications. After a Ph.D. at ETH Zurich (with Roland Siegwart) and a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania (with Vijay Kumar and Kostas Daniilidis), from 2009 to 2012, he led the European project sFly, which introduced the PX4 autopilot and pioneered visual-SLAM-based autonomous navigation of micro drones in GPS-denied environments. From 2015 to 2018, he was part of the DARPA FLA program (Fast Lightweight Autonomy) to research autonomous, agile navigation of micro drones in GPS-denied environments. In 2018, his team won the IROS 2018 Autonomous Drone Race, and in 2019 it ranked second in the AlphaPilot Drone Racing world championship. For his research contributions to autonomous, vision-based, drone navigation and event cameras, he won prestigious awards, such as a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award, an SNSF-ERC Starting Grant, a Google Research Award, the KUKA Innovation Award, two Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships, the European Young Research Award, the Misha Mahowald Neuromorphic Engineering Award, and several paper awards. He co-authored the book "Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots" (published by MIT Press; 10,000 copies sold) and more than 100 papers on robotics and perception published in top-ranked journals (Science Robotics, TRO, T-PAMI, IJCV, IJRR) and conferences (RSS, ICRA, CVPR, ICCV, CORL, NeurIPS). He has served as a consultant for the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency's Fukushima Action Plan on Nuclear Safety and several drones and computer-vision companies, to which he has also transferred research results. In 2015, he cofounded Zurich-Eye, today Facebook Zurich, which developed the visual-inertial SLAM system running in Oculus Quest VR headsets. He was also the strategic advisor of Dacuda, today Magic Leap Zurich. In 2020, he cofounded SUIND, which develops camera-based safety solutions for commercial drones. Many aspects of his research have been prominently featured in wider media, such as The New York Times, BBC News, Discovery Channel, La Repubblica, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, and also in technology-focused media, such as IEEE Spectrum, MIT Technology Review, Tech Crunch, Wired, The Verge.

Prof. Gusz Eiben

A.E. Eiben is a Full Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he leads the Computational Intelligence Group. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of York (UK). With more than 30 years of experience, his research focus includes artificial intelligence, artificial life, and adaptive collective systems. He works on evolving and learning machines that reproduce, improve themselves, and develop intelligence over time. His most prominent endeavours in this direction include the Robot Baby Project and the Autonomous Robot Evolution Project. Throughout his career, he has worked in areas such as theoretical foundations to artificial societies, multi-sexual reproduction, and applications in health, finance, and traffic management.

Konstantinos Pelekanakis

Konstantinos Pelekanakis received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Crete, Greece in 2001 and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Ocean Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA in 2004 and 2009, respectively. From 2009 to 2015, he worked with the Acoustic Research Laboratory (ARL) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a Research Fellow. In addition, he worked as a Lecturer (2011-2014) at the Temasek Defense Systems Institute (TDSI) in NUS. In 2015, he joined NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO), Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) as a Scientist and since 2018 he has become a Senior Scientist. His research lies in the areas of robust signal processing, security, and adaptive underwater acoustic communications and networks. Konstantinos has about 15 years of experience in conducting sea trials around the globe and he has authored about 40 papers in international journals and conferences. He received the MIT Presidential Fellowship in 2001. He was the Secretary (2013) and the Vice-Chairman (2014) of the IEEE OES Singapore Chapter and was with the organizing committee of the IEEE Underwater Communications and Networking Conference in 2016 and 2018. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and an Associated Editor of the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. In 2018, he was awarded the NATO Scientific Achievement Award for contributing to the development of JANUS, the first digital underwater communications standard.

Prof. Mérouane Debbah

Mérouane Debbah received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, France. He was with Motorola Labs, Saclay, France, from 1999 to 2002, and also with the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications, Vienna, Austria, until 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he was an Assistant Professor with the Mobile Communications Department, Institut Eurecom, Sophia Antipolis, France. In 2007, he was appointed Full Professor at CentraleSupelec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. From 2007 to 2014, he was the Director of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. Since 2014, he has been Vice-President of the Huawei France Research Center. He is jointly the director of the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab as well as the director of the Lagrange Mathematical and Computing Research Center. He has managed 8 EU projects and more than 24 national and international projects. His research interests lie in fundamental mathematics, algorithms, statistics, information, and communication sciences research. He is an IEEE Fellow, an EURASIP Fellow, a WWRF Fellow, and a Membre émérite SEE. He was a recipient of the ERC Grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering) from 2012 to 2017. He was a recipient of the Mario Boella Award in 2005, the IEEE Glavieux Prize Award in 2011, the Qualcomm Innovation Prize Award in 2012, the 2019 IEEE Radio Communications Committee Technical Recognition Award and the 2020 SEE Blondel Medal. He received more than 20 best paper awards, among which the 2007 IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Award, the Wi-Opt 2009 Best Paper Award, the 2010 Newcom++ Best Paper Award, the WUN CogCom Best Paper 2012 and 2013 Award, the 2014 WCNC Best Paper Award, the 2015 ICC Best Paper Award, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award, the 2016 European Wireless Best Paper Award, the 2017 Eurasip Best Paper Award, the 2018 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award, the 2019 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award and the Valuetools 2007, Valuetools 2008, CrownCom 2009, Valuetools 2012, SAM 2014, and 2017 IEEE Sweden VT-COM-IT Joint Chapter best student paper awards. He is an Associate Editor-in-Chief of the journal Random Matrix: Theory and Applications. He was an Associate Area Editor and Senior Area Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SIGNAL PROCESSING from 2011 to 2013 and from 2013 to 2014, respectively. From 2021 to 2022, he serves as an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Industry Speaker.

Vikrant Aggarwal

Vikrant brings with him more than 20 years of automotive and industrial experience, managing and growing successful global businesses. This expertise has been critical in leading Local Motors to achieve its customer-focused goals. Vikrant’s extensive global experience – both living in and working with companies around the world – is helping to strengthen Local Motors’ key efforts to increase the efficiency of internal processes, scale the company’s customer base to global markets, enhance ongoing relationships, and lead the industry as a whole towards a brighter future.

6:55 pm - 7:00 pm

Announcement of the best paper winner
  • Winner announced by:
  • Prof. Paolo Dario

    BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa

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TII’s Autonomous Robotics Research Centre Programme Committee has awarded the following paper as the R2T2 Best Paper Award

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Towards Large-Scale Scalable MAV Swarms with ROS2 and UWB-based Situated Communication
  • Authors:
  • Jorge Peña Queralta, Xianjia Yu, Qingqing Li and Tomi Westerlund

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