Thomas Lochmatter


Topics of Interest

Self-organized, collaborative, distributed, probabilistic and information-theoretic algorithms and their applications in different areas. In addition to that, I’m interested in wireless networks (mainly sensor and ad hoc networks) and embedded systems.

Current projects

Distributed Odor Source Localization with a Team of Miniature Robots
SwisTrack – Multi-Object Tracking Software for Robotics and Biology
Khepera III Toolbox



Method for Generating an HTML Document that Contains Encrypted Files and the Code Necessary for Decrypting Them When a Valid Passphrase is Provided

T. Lochmatter; R. Achanta 

US9608822; US2015270974.



The biofilm granulation mechanisms depend on the predominant populations involved

D. G. Weissbrodt; T. Neu; S. Lochmatter; C. Holliger 

71st Annual Assembly of the SSM, Interlaken, Switzerland, June 26-27, 2013.

A Plume Tracking Algorithm Based on Crosswind Formations

T. Lochmatter; E. A. Goel; I. Navarro; A. Martinoli 

2013. Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems, Lausanne, Switzerland, November 2010. p. 91-102. DOI : 10.1007/978-3-642-32723-0_7.


Wireless GPS-based phase-locked synchronization system for outdoor environment

F. Meyer; A. Bahr; T. Lochmatter; F. Borrani 

Journal Of Biomechanics. 2012. Vol. 45, p. 188-190. DOI : 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2011.09.014.


Significance of Rhodocyclaceae for the formation of aerobic granular sludge biofilms and nutrient removal from wastewater

D. Weissbrodt; S. Lochmatter; T. R. Neu; C. Holliger 

2011. Poster : IWA Biofilm Conference 2011, Shanghai, October 27-30, 2011. p. 106-107.


A Plume Tracking Algorithm based on Crosswind Formations

T. Lochmatter; E. Aydin; I. Navarro Oiza; A. Martinoli 

2010. Int. Symp. on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems, Lausanne, Switzerland, November, 2010.

Bio-inspired and probabilistic algorithms for distributed odor source localization using mobile robots

T. Lochmatter / A. Martinoli (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2010. 


Theoretical Analysis of Three Bio-Inspired Plume Tracking Algorithms

T. Lochmatter; A. Martinoli 

2009. 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2009), Kobe, Japan, May 12-17, 2009. DOI : 10.1109/ROBOT.2009.5152686.

Localizing an Odor Source and Avoiding Obstacles: Experiments in a Wind Tunnel using Real Robots

T. Lochmatter; N. Heiniger; A. Martinoli 

2009. 13th International Symposium on Olfaction and Electronic Nose, Brescia, Italy, April 15-17, 2009. p. 69-72. DOI : 10.1063/1.3156629.

Tracking Odor Plumes in a Laminar Wind Field with Bio-Inspired Algorithms

T. Lochmatter; A. Martinoli 

2009. 11th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics 2008 (ISER 2008), Athens, Greece, July 14-17, 2008. p. 473-482. DOI : 10.1007/978-3-642-00196-3_54.


Tracking an Odor Plume in a Laminar Wind Field with the Crosswind-Surge Algorithm

T. Lochmatter; A. Martinoli 

2008. Int. Symp. Experimental Robotics, Athens, Greece, July, 2008. p. 473-482.

Understanding the Potential Impact of Multiple Robots in Odor Source Localization

T. Lochmatter; A. Martinoli 

2008. 9th Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS 2008), Tsukuba, Japan, November 17-19, 2008. p. 239-250. DOI : 10.1007/978-3-642-00644-9_21.

Simulation Experiments with Bio-Inspired Algorithms for Odor Source Localization in Laminar Wind Flow

T. Lochmatter; A. Martinoli 

2008. Seventh International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA 2008), San Diego, CA, USA, December 11-13, 2008. DOI : 10.1109/ICMLA.2008.128.

SwisTrack – A Flexible Open Source Tracking Software for Multi-Agent Systems

T. Lochmatter; P. Roduit; C. Cianci; N. Correll; J. Jacot et al. 

2008. IEEE/RSJ 2008 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2008), Nice, France, September 22-26, 2008. p. 4004-4010. DOI : 10.1109/IROS.2008.4650937.

A Comparison of Casting and Spiraling Algorithms for Odor Source Localization in Laminar Flow

T. Lochmatter; X. Raemy; L. Matthey; S. Indra; A. Martinoli 

2008. 2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Pasadena, California, May 19-23, 2008. p. 1138-1143. DOI : 10.1109/ROBOT.2008.4543357.


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.

Collective search of a single odour source using cooperation

A. Herrmann 


Geruchslokalisation mit mobilen Robotern

T. Lochmatter; X. Raemy; A. Martinoli 

IT Business. 2007. num. 1, p. 40-41.

Odor Source Localization with Mobile Robots

T. Lochmatter; X. Raemy; A. Martinoli 

Bulletin of the Swiss Society for Automatic Control. 2007. num. 46, p. 11-14.


Probabilistic Path Discovery with Snakes in Ad Hoc Networks

T. Lochmatter 



Base Stations in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

T. Lochmatter