I received the Electronic Engineer degree from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA), Argentina, in 2009. Shortly after, I moved to Swtizerland to join the Distributed Intelligent Systems and Algorithms Laboratory, EPFL, as a research assistant. Since December 2010 I have been working on my PhD thesis on Distributed Adaptation under the supervision of Prof. Alcherio Martinoli.
My thesis is about the automatic design of high-performing robust controllers for mobile robots using exclusively on-board resources. We employ an evaluative approach, where a population-based, on-line machine-learning technique automatically shapes the robots’ behaviors by direct interaction with the real environment. This constitutes an expensive optimization problem as the time needed to evaluate candidate solutions is substantially larger than that required by the metaheuristic operators in the algorithm.
For more details, see the project’s website: