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              maria gambardella

Prof. Dr. Luca Maria Gambardella

Director

IDSIA
Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull'Intelligenza Artificiale
SUPSI-USI, University of Applied Science and Arts of Southern Switzerland, DTI Department Technology and Innovation, University of Lugano
Galleria 2
6928 Manno-Lugano, Switzerland
Phone: +41 058 6666663 (secretary 60)
Fax: +41 058 6666661
Skype: lucagambardella
email: luca.gambardella@idsia.ch

NEW Master in  Artificial Intelligence @ USI

Swarm Robotics research @ IDSIA

 
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Biography:

since 2016   Member of the BRIDGE Discovery Evaluation Panel

since 2016   Director of the Artificial Intelligence Master, Informatics Faculty, USI, University of Lugano

2015            President of the EURO Excellence in Practice Award EEPA 2015

since 2015   Phd in Engineering Sciences and Technology, ULB, École Polytechnique de Bruxelles, BE

2012-2013    Jury member of the EURO Excellence in Practice Award EEPA 2012-2013

since 2012   Responsible of the SUPSI Master MSE Research Unit in Intelligent Systems, Lugano

since 2012   Director of IDSIA,  Lugano

since 2011   President of  the Swiss Operations Research Society (SVOR/ASRO)

2007-2011    Director of the Intelligent System Master, USI, University of Lugano

2006            Adjunct Professor, Informatics Faculty, USI, University of Lugano

since 2006   Lecture of Artificial Intelligence, Informatics Faculty, USI, University of Lugano

since 2006   Technology consultant for TicinoTransfer and Fondazione Agire, Lugano. Interface between

                   academic institutions and industrial partners to introduce and promote innovation

2003            Professor  SUPSI, University of Applied Science of Southern Switzerland, Lugano

since 2001   Chief Scientific Officer of AntOptima sa, a spin-off of IDSIA, Lugano

since 1998   Lecture of Advanced Algorithms, SUPSI Dep. of Technology and Innovation, Lugano

1995-2012    co-Director of IDSIA, Lugano

1992            Visiting Senior Scientist at the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA
1988-1995    Research Director at IDSIA, Lugano

1986-1988    CEO of Archimede sas. Expert Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Lisp, Italy

1985            Master in Computer Science, University of Pisa, Italy


Current Research Topics:
           Artificial Intelligence with focus on meta-heuristics algorithms, machine learning and swarm intelligence
           Operational Research and IT with focus on scheduling, vehicle routing and robust optimization
           Autonomous Devices/Robotics with focus on robotic swarm, mobile robots and drones.

Management Experiences:

           Director of IDSIA (approximately 60 staff members).

           He has been awarded more than 14.0 millions CHF in research funding for his research lab, (including other labs and partners the total amounts to more than 59 millions CHF).

           He has been awarded 23 Swiss National Science Foundation projects (17 as principal investigator), 7 European Projects, 14 CTI Projects (12 as principal investigator), 1 Hasler Foundation Project, 8 Industrial projects (6 as principal investigator).

           Supervisor of 14 PhD theses (four in progress).

           Responsible SUPSI Master MSE Research Unit in Intelligent System.

           Responsible USI Master in Artificial Intelligence.

 

Citations:

          He has proposed and published several state of the art bio-inspired distributed optimization algorithms for the travelling salesman problem, the vehicle routing problem with time windows, the quadratic assignment problem, the sequential ordering problems, and the flexible job shop problem.

           He has published 282 papers including peer review journals (76) international conferences (187) book chapters (18) and book(1).

           The total number of citations to his papers is more than 40’400 (source: Google scholar). His h-number is 60.

            His paper on Ant Colony Optimization (IEEE 1997) received more than 8’000 citations and it is the second most cited paper ever published by the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. His paper on Ant Colony Optimization (Artificial Life 1999) received more than 3,200 citations and it is the most cited paper ever published by the Artificial Life journal.


Patents:

           European Patent Office. Designation as inventor. Patent n.: 13181909.6 – 1806. Date: 13.11.2013. Title: Method for recharging an accumulator of an electric vehicle.

           Swiss Patent. Sistema di guida di un drone. Patent PAR006BCH, 0082/15

           Pending International Patent Application on Boiler application

           Pending European Patent Application on "Surface Interpreter”

 

Recent Awards:

           Special Swiss ICT Award 2016: "Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale" it represents one of the best research institutes at the international level in the field of bio-inspired artificial intelligence. (with Juergen Schmidhuber).

           "Watt d'Or", Swiss award for best energy projects 2015, category "Energy technologies", Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana & Alpiq InTec Gruppe with project GridSense.



International Publications

Adwards  Book  Book Chapters

International Conferences

Dissertation
Invited talk Teaching Activities (semester course) Teaching Activities (short course) Hobbies

Projects and Grants (Luca Maria Gambardella)

2016-2017        Leader of the project: “AI based forecasting models for energy production and price”.

A CTI project of 1.5 years concerning news aggregation

with Alessio Benavoli, Claudio Bonesana, Marco Zaffalon.

Emphasis is given to Statistics, Data mining.

IDSIA grant: 350.000 SFr. (Total grant 800.000 SFr.)

 

2016-2019        Leader of the project: “Lift and Project Methods for Machine Scheduling Through Theory and Experiments”.

                            with Monaldo Mastrolilli

A Swiss National Foundation project of three years concerning the study of meta-heuristics and approximation Algorithms applied to scheduling problems.

Emphasis is given to Metaheuristics, Job shop, Combinatorial Optimization.

IDSIA grant: 320.000 SFr. (Total grant 320.000 SFr.)

 

2016-2017        Local Leader of the project: “GR400: Algorithm based approach to decentralized load management”.

                            with Alessandro Giusti, Andrea Rizzoli, Matteo Salani, Marco Derboni.

A direct project to design and optimize a smart grid using swarm intelligence.

Emphasis is given to Swarm Intelligence, Distributed control

IDSIA grant: 240.000 SFr. (Total grant 240.000 SFr.)

 

2016-2017        Leader of the project: “Intelligent text mining of food-related documents”.

A CTI project of 1.5 years concerning news aggregation

with Giorgio Corani, Marco Zaffalon.

Emphasis is given to Statistics, Data mining.

IDSIA grant: 350.000 SFr. (Total grant 900.000 SFr.)

 

2016-2017        Leader of the project: “VIOLA: VIrtual Operator with self-Learning Ability (VIOLA) for Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) drilling process optimisation”.

A CTI project of 1.5  years concerning industry 4.0

with Alessio Benavoli, Claudio Bonesana, Marco Zaffalon.

Emphasis is given to Statistics, Data mining.

IDSIA grant: 300.000 SFr. (Total grant 1.100.000 SFr.)

 

2015-2018        Local Leader of the project: “NCCR Robotics phase 2”.

                            with Gianni di Caro.

A Swiss National Science Foundation project for a National competence center in robotics.

Emphasis is given to Swarm Intelligence, Robotics.

IDSIA grant: 350.000 SFr.

 

2015-2016        Leader of the project: “SortCam: ottimizzazione sequenza di sorting per taglio industriale (English title SortCam: sorting optimization for industrial cutting)”.

A CTI project of two years concerning cutting sequence optimization

with Monaldo Mastrolilli, Matteo Salani, Andera Zambarda.

Emphasis is given to Robust OptimizationPlanning.

IDSIA grant: 450.000 SFr. (Total grant 950.000 SFr.)


2014-2015

           
Leader of the project: “Newscron: An Intelligent System for Real-Time News Clustering and Classification.”.
A CTI project of two years concerning news aggregation
with Alessandro Antonucci, Claudio Bonesana, Marco Zaffalon.
Emphasis is given to Statistics, Data mining.
IDSIA grant: 300.000 SFr. (Total grant 600.000 SFr.)

2013-2014 
         Leader of the project: “Quantitative system for pricing, hedging, and risk-managing for complex derivative products.”.
A CTI project of two years concerning the risk-management
with Alessio Benavoli, Marco Zaffalon, Massimo Maiolo.
Emphasis is given to Statistics, Data mining.
IDSIA grant: 300.000 SFr. (Total grant 600.000 SFr.)

2013-2014  
            Leader of the project: “Prediction of visibility and click-through rate of elements within the Google’s results pages”.
A CTI project of two years concerning the visibility score.
with Cassio de Campos, Marco Zaffalon, Massimo Maiolo.
Emphasis is given to Statistics, Data mining.
IDSIA grant: 300.000 SFr. (Total grant 600.000 SFr.)

2012-2014 
  
            Leader of the project: “Utool: a system for evaluation of unsecured credits”.
A CTI project of two years concerning the evaluation of unsecured credits.
with Alessio Benavoli, Marco Zaffalon
Emphasis is given to Statistics, Uncertain Reasoning.
IDSIA grant: 200.000 SFr. (Total grant 400.000 SFr.)

2012-2014   
           Leader of the project: “HCD 2.0 is an innovative and smart EV home charging system equipped with self-learning algorithms that optimizes energy consumption patterns and electrical network stability”. 
A CTI project of two years concerning an EV device and smart distributed algorithms that optimizes energy consumption.
with Alessandro Giusti, Andrea Rizzoli, Matteo Salani
Emphasis is given to Swarm Intelligence, Scheduling, Metaheuristics.
IDSIA grant: 120.000 SFr. (Total grant 850.000 SFr.)   

2011-2013   
           Leader of the project: “Approximation Algorithms for Machine Scheduling Through Theory and Experiments”. 
A Swiss National Foundation project of three years concerning the study of meta-heuristics and approximation Algorithms applied to scheduling problems.
with Monaldo Mastrolilli
Emphasis is given to Metaheuristics, Job shop, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 450.000 SFr. (Total grant 450.000 SFr.)

2011-2013  
          Local Leader of the project: “Swiss2Grid: Algorithm based approach to decentralized load management”.
A Swiss Swisselectric project to design and optimize a smart grid using swarm intelligence.
with Alessandro Giusti, Andrea Rizzoli, Matteo Salani
Emphasis is given to Swarm Intelligence, Distributed control
IDSIA grant: 290.000 SFr. (Total grant 1.400.000 SFr.)

2011-2014   
        Leader of the project: “New sampling-based metaheuristics for stochastic vehicle routing problems II”.
A Swiss National Foundation project of three years concerning the study of new routing algorithms in case of stochastic and dynamic information.
with Roberto Montemanni
Emphasis is given to Metaheuristic, Vehicle Routing, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 150.000 SFr. (Total grant 150.000 SFr.)


2010-2012
   
            Local Leader of the project: “SWARMIX: Synergistic Interactions in Swarms of Heterogenous Agents”.
A Swiss National Science Foundation sinergia project for mixed swarm of robots.
with Gianni di Caro
Emphasis is given to Swarm Intelligence, Robotics.
IDSIA grant: 250.000 SFr. (Total grant 1.100.000 SFr.)

2010-2014   
            Local Leader of the project: “NCCR Robotics”.
A Swiss National Science Foundation project for a National competence center in robotics.
with Gianni di Caro
Emphasis is given to Swarm Intelligence, Robotics.
IDSIA grant: 200.000 SFr.

2010-2011   
            Local Leader of the project: “Smart Grid concept with PV energy generation and decentralized consumption optimization using a swarm intelligence approach”.
A Swiss project to design and optimize a smart grid using swarm intelligence.
with Alessandro Giusti, Andrea Rizzoli, Matteo Salani
Emphasis is given to Swarm Intelligence, Machine Learning and Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 380.000 SFr. (Total grant 2.530.000 SFr.)

2008-2010
            Leader of the project: “IFF Intelligent Fill in Form”. 
A CTI project of two years concerning the study of machine learning techniques to analyze hand written text in insurance forms.

with Juergen Schmidhuber
Emphasis is given to Machine Learning.
IDSIA grant: 366.000 SFr. (Total grant 730.000 SFr.)

2008-2009   
             Leader of the project: “Train Optimization”.
An industrial project in collaboration with HUPAC, to optimize trains composition and displacement along an European train networks.
Emphasis is given Metaheuristics and Operation Research.

2008-2010   
             Local Leader of the project: “IN3: Intelligent In Vitro Incubator”.
A CTI project of two years concerning the study of robotics and machine learning techniques to automate in vitro fertilization process .
Emphasis is given to Machine Learning.
IDSIA grant: 340.000 SFr. (Total grant 2.230.000 SFr.)

2008-2011   
            Leader of the project: “Approximation Algorithms for Machine Scheduling Through Theory and Experiments III”.
A Swiss National Foundation project of three years concerning the study of meta-heuristcs and approximation Algorithms applied to scheduling problems. 
with Monaldo Mastrolilli
Emphasis is given to Metaheuristic, Job shop, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 432.000 SFr. (Total grant 432.000 SFr.)

2008-2011    
           Leader of the project: “New sampling-based metaheuristics for stochastic vehicle routing problems”. 
A Swiss National Foundation project of one year concerning the study of new routing algorithms in case of stochastic and dynamic information. 
with Roberto Montemanni
Emphasis is given to Metaheuristic, Vehicle Routing, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 90.000 SFr. (Total grant 90.000 SFr.)

2007-2009
           Local leader of the project: “Power Aware Computing in Embedded Systems”.
A Swiss National Foundation project of two years in collaboration with UNI-Geneve concerning the study of policies to reduce the power consumption in mobile devices acting at the software level.
with Josè Rolim, Monaldo Mastrolilli
Emphasis is given to Metaheuristic, Job shop, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 80.000 SFr. (Total grant 160.000 SFr.)

2006-2010
Local leader of the project:
“Swarmanoid: Towards Humanoid Robotic Swarms”
a FET (Future and Emerging Technologies Program), IST project funded by the European Commission.
The main scientific objective of the Swarmanoid project is the design, implementation and control of a novel distributed robotic system comprising heterogeneous, dynamically connected small autonomous robots so as to form what we call a swarmanoid. The swarmanoid that we intend to build will be comprised of numerous (about 60) autonomous robots of three types: eye-bots, hand-bots, and foot-bots.
The project is planned for 42 months with the following partners: Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), EPFL Lausanne (Switzerland), University of Rome (Italy).
Emphasis given to Swarm Intelligence, robotics, learning, adaptation. IDSIA grant: 750.000 SFr. (Total grant 3'900.000 SFr.)
 
2005-2008
Leader of the project: “Approximation Algorithms for Machine Scheduling Through Theory and Experiments II”.
A Swiss National Foundation project of three years concerning the study of meta-heuristcs and approximation Algorithms applied to scheduling problems.
Emphasis is given to Metaheuristic, Job shop, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 412.000 SFr. (Total grant 412.000 SFr.)
 
2005-2006
Leader of the project: “Routing Problems with Objective Function of Increasing Complexity”.
A Swiss National Foundation project of one year concerning the study of new routing algorithms in case of stochastic and dynamic information. 
Emphasis is given to Metaheuristic, Vehicle Routing, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 90.000 SFr. (Total grant 90.000 SFr.)

2004-2006
Local leader of the project: "Power Aware Computing".
A Swiss National Foundation project of two years in collaboration with UNI-Geneve concerning the study of policies to reduce the power consumption in mobile devices acting at the software level.
Emphasis is given to Metaheuristic, Job shop, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 80.000 SFr. (Total grant 250.000 SFr.)

2004-2004
Co-leader of the project: "Intelligent Player for Geomag Magnetic Challenge".
Geomag is introducing on the market a new game "Magnetic Challenge" based on the famous Geomag magnetic bars and balls. IDSIA is implementing an automatic player able to play against humans and to learn from experience.
Emphasis is given to Artificial Intelligence, learning, game.

2003-2005
Leader of the project: "Approximation Algorithms for Machine Scheduling Through Theory and Experiments".
A Swiss National Foundation project of two years concerning the study of meta-heuristcs and approximation Algorithms applied to scheduling problems.
Emphasis is given to Metaheuristic, Job shop, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 180.000 SFr. (Total grant 180.000 SFr.)

2003-2005
Local leader of the project:
BISON: Biology-Inspired Techniques for Self Organization in Dynamic Networks
FET (Future and Emerging Technologies Program), IST project funded by the European Commission.
The main scientific objective of BISON is to explore the use Ant Colony Optimization and Immune Networks for routing and optimization in Ad-Hoc networks and Grid computing systems. These ideas derived from complex adaptive systems (CAS) will enable the construction of robust and self-organizing information systems for deployment in highly dynamic network environments. BISON will cast solutions to important problems arising in Ad-Hoc and Virtual networks, P2P and Grid computing systems as desirable global properties that systems should exhibit. The project is planned for three years with the following partners: University of Bologna (Italy), Telenor Comunication (Norvey), Technische Universitaet Dresden (Germany), Santa Fe Institute (USA) and IDSIA.
Emphasis given to Ant Colony Optimization, Dynamic Routing, Self-Adaptation.
IDSIA grant: 650'000 SFr. (Total grant 1'700.000 SFr.)

2003-2005
Leader of the project: "Optimization and Simulation course".
A Swiss OPES Virtual Campus project in collaboration with EPFL and IPLNet to design and implement an on-line course in Optimization and simulation Emphasis given to Simulation and Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 40'000 SFr. (Total grant 80'000 SFr.)

2003-2005
Local leader of project "Failure location, restoration and resilience in optical and ad-hoc networks" a Swiss Hasler Foundation DICS project.
The goal of this project is to (i) to develop efficient algorithms to locate failures in large scale optical and ad-hoc networks (ii) to analyze and develop protection and restoration strategies after a failure, mainly in ad-hoc networks, and (iii) to evaluate the benefit of introducing two classes of service at the IP logical layer when the physical layer is either optical (IP/WDM backbone networks) or wireless (ad-hoc networks). An interesting output of this project is the comparison of failure management techniques that can be successfully used in optical backbone networks with those applicable to ad-hoc networks.
The project is planned for three years with the following partners: EPFL (Lausanne, LCA-ISC-I&C, Project leader) DIE, Lugano and IDSIA.
Emphasis given to Ant Colony Optimization, Self-Adaptation.
IDSIA grant: 100'000 SFr. (Total grant 400.000 SFr.)

2001
Local leader of the project:
SWARM-BOTS, swarm of self assembly artifacts, an IST project funded by the European Commission. The main scientific objective of the SWARM-BOTS project is to study a novel approach to design, hardware implement, test and use self-assembling, self-organising, metamorphic systems. This novel approach finds its theoretical roots in (i) recent studies in swarm intelligence, that is, in studies of the self-organising and self-assembling capabilities shown by social insects and other animal societies, and in (ii) the idea that co-evolution of hardware and control is essential to create systems of great complexity and flexibility without, or with limited, human design and engineering. The main tangible objective of the project is the demonstration of the methodology by means of the physical construction of at least one such swarm-bot.
The project is planned for two three with the following partners: Universite Libre de Bruxelles, (Belgium), EPFLausanne (Switzerland), University of Rome(Italy) .
Emphasis given to Swarm Intelligence, robotics, learning, adaptation.
IDSIA grant: 740'000 SFr. (Total Project Cost in kECU:2'226, IDSIA grant in kECU: 500)

2001
Local leader of the project:
MOSCA, Decision Support System For Integrated Door-To-Door Delivery: Planning and Control in Logistic Chains, an IST project funded by the European Commission. Key project objective is to provide a set of tools for improving efficiency of door-to-door transport of goods in urban areas by collaboratively providing demand and supply side information in one single environment/system. Criterions are logistics service degrees on demand side and sustainability on supply side. Input of traffic related events and the corresponding inclusion in dynamic road network models for calculation of estimated arrival times are objectives of the supply-oriented system components. The demand-side inputs data on scheduled transports and on short-term modifications into the information system.
The project is planned for two years with the following partners:Fit Consulting (Italy), PTV (Germany), University of Karlsruhe (Germany), University of Cambridge (Great Britain), ENEA (Italy) Interporto di Padova (Italy), Commissione Regionale dei Trasporti del Luganese (Switzerland) .
Emphasis given to Metaheuristics, Ant Systems, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 521.000 SFr. (Total Project Cost in kECU:1.923, IDSIA grant in kECU: 351)

2001
Local leader of the project: "SIRTAKI: Safety Improvement in Road&Rail Tunnels using Advanced ICT and Knowledge Intensive Decision Support System". European IST project of three years that develops an integrated prototype of tunnel management and decision support system (DSS) to increase tunnel safety . Emphasis given to learning, planning, simulation.
IDSIA grant: 70.000 SFr. (Total Project Cost in kECU:2.200, IDSIA grant in kECU: 47)
2001
Leader of the project: "Resource Allocation and Scheduling in Flexible Manufacturing Systems II". A Swiss National Science Foundation project of two years (with UNI Geneve. Computer Science) where different job scheduling techniques and resources allocation techniques have been investigated.
Emphasis given to Metaheuristic, Job shop, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 85.000 SFr. (Total grant 175.000 SFr.)
2000
Local leader of the project:
Metaheuristics Network, a Research and Training Network funded by the European Commission within the Improving Human Potential Programme. The main scientific goal of the METAHEURISTICS NETWORK is to deepen our understanding of the working principles of metaheuristics through theoretical and experimental research so that they can be applied more effectively to the solution of important practical combinatorial optimisation problem.
The project is planned for three years with the following partners: Universite Libre de Bruxelles, IRIDIA, Bruxelles (Belgium), Coordinator, Napier University, Edinburgh (Great Britain), Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Darmstadt (Germany), Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull'Intelligenza Artificiale, Lugano (Switzerland), EuroBios, Paris (France), Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven (The Netherland).
Emphasis given to Metaheuristics, Ant Systems, Tabu search, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 345.000 SFr. (Total Project Cost in kECU:985, IDSIA grant in kECU: 220)

2000
Leader of the project: "DYVO: Dynamic Vehicle Routing and Dispatching by using Optimization, Forecasting and Simulation". A CTI project of two years (with DIE-SUPSI, Simultan sa, Pina Petroli sa) concerning software tools implementation to manage non-homogeneous fleet of vehicles in dynamic environments.
Emphasis given to On-line Vehicles Routing
IDSIA grant: 290.000 SFr. (Total grant 360.000 SFr.)
1999
Leader of the project: "On-line Fleet Management". A Swiss National Science Foundation project of two years (with EPFL - Mathematics) concerning the application of meta-heuristics and local search to manage fleets of vehicles in dynamic environments.
Emphasis given to On-line Planning, Ant Systems, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 120.000 SFr. (Total grant 120.000 SFr.)
1999
Leader of the project: "Resource Allocation and Scheduling in Flexible Manufacturing Systems". A Swiss National Science Foundation project of two years (with UNI Geneve. Computer Science) where different job scheduling techniques and resources allocation techniques have been investigated.
Emphasis given to Metaheuristic, Job shop, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 90.000 SFr. (Total grant 150.000 SFr.)
1998
Leader of the project: "Dynamic Memory for Combinatorial Optimization". A Swiss National Science Foundation project of one year, consisting in analyzing a new approach to combinatorial optimization based on dynamic memory learning.
Emphasis given to Cooperation, Learning, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 100.000 SFr. (Total grant 100.000 SFr.)
1998
IDSIA local administrator and director of the project
PLATFORM : Computer-controlled freight platforms for a time-tabled rail transport system" an European DGVII transport project of 18th months in collaboration with IT Ingegneria dei Trasporti srl (Italy), Finance Investment Transport Consulting srl (Italy), Cemat spa (Italy), Novatrans (France), Contship (Italy), Deut. Forsh. für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH (Germany), Electronic Trafic I+D (Spain), Asociación para el desarrollo de la logística (Spain), Data System and Planning (Swiss). The goal of the project is to study intermodality transport between train and road.
Focus is given to dynamic scheduling between trains and trucks and to terminal yard management.
Emphasis given to Simulation and Optimization
IDSIA grant: 400.000 SFr. (Total Cost in kECU:1.127, Total EU contribution in kECU: 534, IDSIA grant in kECU: 250)

1997
Leader of the project: "Optimization of fuel distribution using a non homogeneous fleet of vehicles". An industrial project in collaboration with Pina Petroli s.a. in Grancia. The goal is to provide optimization tools and algorithms to support fuel distribution in Canton Ticino. Emphasis given to Combinatorial Optimization, vehicles routing.
IDSIA grant: 100.000 SFr.
1997
IDSIA local administrator and director of the project A Methodology for Collective Robot Design (2)
. A Swiss National Science Foundation project of two years (that follows the previous research on the same subject), with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne consisting in the study of how learning, planning and adaptation can be used to obtain complex behaviors from a colony of simple robots. Emphasis given to Robotics, Cooperation, Neural Networks, Planning.
IDSIA grant: 170.000 Fr. (Total grant 256.256 Fr.)

1996
Leader of the project:Cooperation and Learning for Combinatorial Optimization
A Swiss National Science Foundation project of two years, consisting in analyzing and extend ACS (ant colony system) a novel approach to combinatorial optimization based on the cooperation of a colony of agents. ACS takes its inspiration by the behavior of real colony of ants and combines cooperative aspects with learning methods. Emphasis given to Cooperation, Learning, Combinatorial Optimization.
IDSIA grant: 180.000 Sfr. (Total grant 180.000 Sfr.)

1995
Leader of the project: A Methodology for Containers Flow Forecasting and Positioning in Intermodal Terminal
A SWISS CTI project of six man years in collaboration with DSP (Data System & Planning) Lugano. A project concerning the study of containers data flow for intermodal containers terminals. The main goals are:
  1. to predict in advance the number of containers that will arrive and depart from an intermodal container terminal.
  2. to plan the containers positions and displacement inside the terminal area.
IDSIA grant: 350.000 Frs. (Total grant 700.000 Frs.)

1995
IDSIA local administrator and director of the A Methodology for Collective Robot Design
project. A Swiss National Science Foundation project of two years with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, consisting in the study of how learning, planning and adaptation can be used to obtain complex behaviors from a colony of simple robots. Emphasis given to Robotics, Cooperation, Neural Networks, Planning.
IDSIA grant: 145.000 Fr. (Total grant 215.000 Fr.)
1994
Leader of the project: Automatic Containers Flow Forecasting. A project concerning the study of containers data flow for naval companies. The porpoise was to predict in advance the number of containers that will arrive and depart from an intermodal container terminal using statistical and artificial intelligence techniques.
IDSIA grant: 20.000 Frs.

1993
Leader of the project: Integrating Planning and Learning in Robotics A Swiss National Science Foundation project of one year with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, consisting in the integration of learning and planning methods in robot motion and grasping. Emphasis given to Robotics, Neural Networks, Reactive Planning, Reinforcement Learning.
IDSIA grant: Sfr. 106.000

1990
IDSIA local administrator and director of the Automatic Assembly based on Artificial Intelligence project. A Swiss National Science Foundation project of three years with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne and the University of Neuchatel, consisting of the experimentation with a general-purpose robot for assembly. Emphasis given to Robotics, Potential Fields, Planning and Analogical Reasoning.
IDSIA grant: 250.000 SFr. (Total grant: 768.000 SFr.)