Alessandro Crespi

Research Assistant, EPFL Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob)

Short bio

photoAlessandro Crespi has a BSc/MSc in Computer Science (2003) and PhD (2007) from the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He joined the Biologically Inspired Robotics Group (now Biorobotics Laboratory), in April 2003. He is working on the developement of biologically inspired robots.


Social isolation shortens lifespan through oxidative stress in ants

A. Koto; M. Tamura; P. S. Wong; S. Aburatani; E. Privman et al. 

Nature Communications. 2023-09-27. Vol. 14, num. 1, p. 5493. DOI : 10.1038/s41467-023-41140-w.

Two simple movement mechanisms for spatial division of labour in social insects

T. O. Richardson; N. Stroeymeyt; A. Crespi; L. Keller 

Nature Communications. 2022-11-15. Vol. 13, num. 1, p. 6985. DOI : 10.1038/s41467-022-34706-7.

Reproducing Five Motor Behaviors in a Salamander Robot With Virtual Muscles and a Distributed CPG Controller Regulated by Drive Signals and Proprioceptive Feedback

J. Knüsel; A. Crespi; J-M. Cabelguen; A. J. Ijspeert; D. Ryczko 

Frontiers in Neurorobotics. 2020-12-23. Vol. 14, p. 100. DOI : 10.3389/fnbot.2020.604426.

A Neuro-Inspired Computational Model for a Visually Guided Robotic Lamprey Using Frame and Event Based Cameras

I. Youssef; M. Mutlu; B. Bayat; A. Crespi; S. Hauser et al. 

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. 2020-02-10. Vol. 5, num. 2, p. 2395-2402. DOI : 10.1109/LRA.2020.2972839.

Social network plasticity decreases disease transmission in a eusocial insect

N. Stroeymeyt; A. V. Grasse; A. Crespi; D. P. Mersch; S. Cremer et al. 

Science. 2018-11-23. Vol. 362, num. 6417, p. 941-945. DOI : 10.1126/science.aat4793.

Automated computer-based detection of encounter behaviours in groups of honeybees

C. Blut; A. Crespi; D. Mersch; L. Keller; L. Zhao et al. 

Scientific Reports. 2017. Vol. 7, num. 1, p. 17663. DOI : 10.1038/s41598-017-17863-4.

Environmental Monitoring using Autonomous Vehicles: A Survey of Recent Searching Techniques

B. Bayat; N. Crasta; A. Crespi; A. M. Pascoal; A. Ijspeert 

Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 2017. Vol. 45, p. 76-84. DOI : 10.1016/j.copbio.2017.01.009.

Envirobot: A Bio-Inspired Environmental Monitoring Platform

B. Bayat; A. Crespi; A. Ijspeert 

2016. IEEE/OES Conference on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), Tokyo, Japan, November 6-9, 2016. p. 381-386. DOI : 10.1109/AUV.2016.7778700.

Optical properties of waveguide-coupled nanowires for sub-wavelength detection in microspectrometer applications

E. Zgraggen; O. Scholder; Bona; F. Fontana; E. Alberti et al. 

Journal Of Optics. 2015. Vol. 17, num. 2, p. 025801. DOI : 10.1088/2040-8978/17/2/025801.

Flexibility of the axial central pattern generator network for locomotion in the salamander

D. Ryczko; J. Knüsel; A. Crespi; S. Lamarque; A. Mathou et al. 

Journal of Neurophysiology. 2015. Vol. 113, num. 6, p. 1921-1940. DOI : 10.1152/jn.00894.2014.

Tracking Individuals Shows Spatial Fidelity Is a Key Regulator of Ant Social Organization

D. P. Mersch; A. Crespi; L. Keller 

Science. 2013. Vol. 340, num. 6136, p. 1090-1093. DOI : 10.1126/science.1234316.

Salamandra Robotica II: An Amphibious Robot to Study Salamander-Like Swimming and Walking Gaits

A. Crespi; K. Karakasiliotis; A. Guignard; A. J. Ijspeert 

IEEE Transactions on Robotics. 2013. Vol. 29, num. 2, p. 308-320. DOI : 10.1109/TRO.2012.2234311.

Gait transitions between swimming and walking in salamander: lessons from numerical modeling and robotics

J. Knuesel; K. Karakasiliotis; A. Crespi; D. Ryczko; J-M. Cabelguen et al. 

2013. Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). p. E113.

Assistance using adaptive oscillators: Robustness to errors in the identification of the limb parameters

M. D. Rinderknecht; F. A. Delaloye; A. Crespi; R. Ronsse; A. J. Ijspeert 

2011. IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)/International Neurorehabilitation Symposium (INRS)/International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation (ICVR), Zurich, SWITZERLAND, Jun 27-Jul 01, 2011. DOI : 10.1109/ICORR.2011.5975351.

Salamandra robotica: A Biologically Inspired Amphibious Robot that Swims and Walks

A. Crespi; A. J. Ijspeert 

Artificial Life Models in Hardware; Springer, 2009. p. 35-64.

Controlling swimming and crawling in a fish robot using a central pattern generator

A. Crespi; D. Lachat; A. Pasquier; A. J. Ijspeert 

Autonomous Robots. 2008. Vol. 25, num. 1-2, p. 3-13. DOI : 10.1007/s10514-007-9071-6.

Online optimization of swimming and crawling in an amphibious snake robot

A. Crespi; A. J. Ijspeert 

IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. 2008. Vol. 24, num. 1, p. 75-87. DOI : 10.1109/TRO.2008.915426.

Online trajectory generation in an amphibious snake robot using a lamprey-like central pattern generator model

A. J. Ijspeert; A. Crespi 

2007. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Rome, Italy, Apr 10-14, 2007. p. 262-268. DOI : 10.1109/ROBOT.2007.363797.

From swimming to walking with a salamander robot driven by a spinal cord model

A. J. Ijspeert; A. Crespi; D. Ryczko; J-M. Cabelguen 

Science. 2007. Vol. 315, num. 5817, p. 1416-1420. DOI : 10.1126/science.1138353.

Design and control of amphibious robots with multiple degrees of freedom

A. Crespi / A. J. Ijspeert (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2007. 

BoxyBot: a swimming and crawling fish robot controlled by a central pattern generator

D. Lachat; A. Crespi; A. J. Ijspeert 

2006.  p. 643-648. DOI : 10.1109/BIOROB.2006.1639162.

AmphiBot II: An Amphibious Snake Robot that Crawls and Swims using a Central Pattern Generator

A. Crespi; A. J. Ijspeert 

2006.  p. 19-27.

Simulation and robotics studies of salamander locomotion

A. J. Ijspeert; A. Crespi; J-M. Cabelguen 

Neuroinformatics. 2005. Vol. 3, num. 3, p. 171-195. DOI : 10.1385/NI:3:3:171.

AmphiBot I: An amphibious snake-like robot

A. Crespi; A. Badertscher; A. Guignard; A. Ijspeert 

Robotics and Autonomous Systems. 2005. Vol. 50, num. 4, p. 163-175. DOI : 10.1016/j.robot.2004.09.015.

Swimming and Crawling with an Amphibious Snake Robot

A. Crespi; A. Badertscher; A. Guignard; A. Ijspeert 

2005.  p. 3024-3028. DOI : 10.1109/ROBOT.2005.1570574.

Institute Presentation: Biologically Inspired Robotics Group at EPFL

A. Ijspeert; J. Buchli; A. Crespi; L. Righetti; Y. Bourquin 

International Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems. 2005. Vol. 2, num. 2, p. 175-199.

Simulation and Robotics Studies of Salamander Locomotion. Applying Neurobiological Principles to the Control of Locomotion in Robots

A. Ijspeert; A. Crespi; J. Cabelguen 

Neuroinformatics. 2005. Vol. 3, num. 3, p. 171-196. DOI : 10.1385/NI:3:3:171.

An amphibious robot capable of snake and lamprey-like locomotion

A. Crespi; A. Badertscher; A. Guignard; A. Ijspeert