Dr. Gabriele Valentini
Research Interests: My research interests span over scientific disciplines as diverse as Robotics, Biology, and Physics. I focus on the study of self-organized collective decision-making processes both in living and artificial collectives. So far, most of my studies concentrated on the modeling and design of control strategies for robot swarms while, more recently, I broaden my focus to the study of collective decisions in ant colonies (Temnothorax rugatulus) as well as in slime molds (Physarum polycephalum). While my primary research objective is to deepen the understanding of the complex, self-organized processes leading a group to a collective decision, I have a broad interest in emerging collective phenomena as well as in the development of machine learning applications for biology.
Education: Computer Engineer by formation, I have a background in artificial intelligence and robotics with a focus on agent-based modeling. I received a PhD in Sciences of Technologies and Engineering at Université Libre de Bruxelles (2016) under the supervision of Prof. Marco Dorigo and Prof. Heiko Hamann, and MSc and BSc degrees in Engineering of Computing Systems at Politecnico di Milano (2011 and 2008).
Current Research: Information processing in systems performing distributed collective computation