Christopher Cianci


B.S. 2003, Electrical & Computer Engineering, California Institute of Technology.
B.A. 2003, Physics, Occidental College.

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Topics of Interest

Applying swarm intelligence to sensor and actuator networks, especially using threshold-based algorithms and other swarm-intelligent methods for distributed control. Of primary interest is the measuring/monitoring of spatially and temporally localized phenomena.

Past and ongoing areas of investigation include:

  • Multi-level modeling of wireless sensor & actuator networks.
  • Distributed monitoring of spatio-temporally unpredictable ephemeral events (i.e., acoustics).
  • Mobility in sensor & actuator networks; robotic sensor networks.
  • Resource allocation and power management in wireless sensor networks.
  • Threshold-based & market-based algorithms.
  • Automatic/adaptive deployment & re-configuration of robotic sensor networks.
  • Environmental monitoring and modeling using wireless sensor networks.

Current projects

Swarm-Intelligent Algorithms for Power and Information Management in Sensor Networks
The e-Puck educational robot
SwisTrack – Multi-Object Tracking Software for Robotics and Biology
Realistic Multi-Robot Simulation (Webots)

Teaching Activities

Swarm Intelligence, Sections IC & STI (2004-2007)
SWIS-IP5: Simulation of Acoustic Propagation & Radio Communication in Webots
Informatique I & II, Sections GM & EL (2006)
SWIS-SP6: Low Power Sensor Network for Collective Vision
SWIS-SP7: Low Power Sensor Network for Collective Hearing
SWIS-SP9: Ant-based Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks
SWIS-SP17: Simulated Realistic Communication Devices in Webots
TAYLOR-SWIS-MP2: A Framework for Bird Song Detection, Recognition, and Localization using Acoustic Sensor Networks
SWIS-SU7: Power Aware Control of an Environmental Sensor Network



Self-Organized Robotic Systems: Large-Scale Experiments in Aggregation and Self-Assembly using Miniature Robots

G. Mermoud; A. Prorok; L. Matthey; C. M. Cianci; N. Correll et al. 

Handbook of Collective Robotics; Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing, 2013. p. 229-259.


Towards Optimally Efficient Field Estimation with Threshold-Based Pruning in Real Robotic Sensor Networks

A. Prorok; C. M. Cianci; A. Martinoli 

2010. 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, May 3-8. p. 5453-5459. DOI : 10.1109/ROBOT.2010.5509782.


The e-puck, a Robot Designed for Education in Engineering

F. Mondada; M. Bonani; X. Raemy; J. Pugh; C. Cianci et al. 

2009. 9th Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions, Castelo Branco, Portugal, May 7, 2009. p. 59-65.

Distributed intelligent algorithms for robotic sensor networks monitoring discontinuous anisotropic environmental fields

C. M. Cianci / A. Martinoli (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2009. 


Assembly of Configurations in a Networked Robotic System: A Case Study on a Reconfigurable Interactive Table Lamp

C. M. Cianci; J. Nembrini; A. Prorok; A. Martinoli 

2008. IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, September 21-23, 2008. p. 1–7. DOI : 10.1109/SIS.2008.4668318.

Exploration of an Incremental Suite of Microscopic Models for Acoustic Event Monitoring Using a Robotic Sensor Network

C. M. Cianci; J. Pugh; A. Martinoli 

2008. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Pasadena, CA, US, May 19-23, 2008. p. 3290-3295. DOI : 10.1109/ROBOT.2008.4543712.

Dynamic Control of a Robotic Swarm using a Service-Oriented Architecture

V. M. Trifa; C. M. Cianci; D. Guinard 

2008. 13th International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics (AROB 2008), Beppu, Japan, January 31 – February 2, 2008.


Toward Multi-Level Modeling of Robotic Sensor Networks: A Case Study in Acoustic Event Monitoring

C. M. Cianci; T. Lochmatter; J. Pugh; A. Martinoli 

2007. International Conference on Robot Communication and Coordination (ROBOCOMM), Athens, Greece, October 15-17, 2007. p. 1-8. DOI : 10.4108/ICST.ROBOCOMM2007.2275.

Communication in a Swarm of Miniature Robots: The e-Puck as an Educational Tool for Swarm Robotics

C. M. Cianci; X. Raemy; J. Pugh; A. Martinoli 

2007. Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB-2006), Swarm Robotics Workshop, Rome, Italy, October, 2006. p. 103-115. DOI : 10.1007/978-3-540-71541-2_7.


Self-Organized Embedded Sensor/Actuator Networks for ”Smart” Turbines

N. Correll; C. M. Cianci; X. Raemy; A. Martinoli 

2006. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems Workshop on Network Robot System: Toward intelligent robotic systems integrated with environments, Beijing, China, October, 10.


Threshold-based algorithms for power-aware load balancing in sensor networks

C. M. Cianci; V. Trifa; A. Martinoli 

2005. IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium (SIS2005), Pasadena, California, United States, June 8-10, 2005. p. 349-356. DOI : 10.1109/SIS.2005.1501642.


Fusion of Lidar and Stereo Range for Mobile Robots

K. Nickels; A. Castano; C. M. Cianci 

2003. International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR), Coimbra, Portugal, June 30 – July 3, 2003. p. 65-70.