Swarm Intelligence & Networked Human – Robot Teams

swissnex India continues with the ‘ Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Robotics Lecture series’ with Dr. Gianni di Caro at IIT Kharagpur technical festival ‘Kshitij 2015’ and IIT Roorkee Robotics Club

Event Details


Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur & Roorkee


January 31, 2015 8:00 am - February 04, 2015 5:00 pm

swissnex India is pleased to announce the presence of Dr. Gianni di Caro from the Swiss AI Lab Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale  (IDSIA) at ‘Kshitij 2015‘ – the annual technical festival of IIT Kharagpur and at the ‘robotics Club of IIT Roorkee.

Talk at Kshtij 2015 IIT Kharagpur (31st January 2015)

Title: Interaction, communication, and control in mixed teams and in mobile swarms
The talk will focus on “networked mixed teams”. These are heterogeneous collaborative teams composed of mobile autonomous agents, such as robots (e.g., ground and flying ones), humans, and animals (e.g., dogs). When interactions and communications among the agents are suitably designed, agent coordination and cooperation can be effectively achieved, resulting in the creation of positive synergies at the team level. Precisely aiming to obtain these synergies, and guaranteeing at the same time system-level robustness, scalability, and adaptivity, at IDSIA we have addressed a number of different fundamental issues regarding control, networking, and interaction modalities in mixed teams.

Talk at ‘Robotics Club’ IIT Roorkee ( 4th February 2015)

Title: Swarm intelligence: principles, algorithmic frameworks, and applications
Swarm intelligence (SI) is a relatively novel research field that deals with collective behaviors that result from the local interactions of individual components with each other and with their environment. On the one hand, from a modeling point of view, this includes the study of collective behaviors in nature (e.g., nest building and foraging in insect societies). On the other hand, from an engineering point of view, it refers to the bottom-up design of distributed systems that display forms of useful and/or interesting behavior at the global level as a result of many local actions and interactions.

Profile: Gianni di Caro

Dr. Gianni di Caro obtained a degree in Physics from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1992. Under the supervision of Prof. Marco Dorigo, he obtained in 2001 an MSc. and in 2004 a Ph.D. in Applied Sciences from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium.

Prof. Caro has been awarded several prestigious fellowships from the scientific institutions of the European Community (4 Marie Curie fellowships) and from other governmental institutions. That gave him the opportunity to work in several institutes and universities across the globe and build up an interdisciplinary expertise covering different domains such as: parallel and distributed computing, autonomous robotics, combinatorial optimization, telecommunications, swarm intelligence, swarm robotics, and system biology. In these domains I co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed international publications. Currently he is a senior researcher at Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale (IDSIA), in Lugano, Switzerland.