ASSISIbf
Animal‌ and‌ robot‌ Societies‌ ‌Self-organise‌
and‌ Integrate‌ by‌ Social‌ Interaction‌ (bees‌ and‌ fish)‌

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Role within the project:

The main contribution of UNIGRAZ in ASSISIbf (besides the work as coordinator and consortiums main representative while interaction with European Union) is to perform experiments with honeybees by using the novel experimental setup developed in ASSISIbf. By doing so, we will gain deep insights into the behavioural programs, that allow honeybees to interact as a de-central self-organising entity. The result of this research, besides the scientific gain, is the development of new algorithms for swarm-robot control. By using learning algorithms in the CASU-hardware, we will also gain knowledge about the mechanisms, that will allow machines (and of course humans) to interact and comunicate with groups of honeybees, what will enable us to develop better methods to keep and rear bees.

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Team:

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Thomas Schmickl
Project Coordinator

Martina Szopek PhD student

Martina Szopek
PhD student

Ziad Salem Researcher

Ziad Salem
Researcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikolaus Sabathiel PhD Student

Nikolaus Sabathiel
PhD student

Asya Ilgün Researcher

Asya Ilgün
PhD student

Valerin Stokanic Student

Valerin Stokanic
Student

 

 

 

Payam Zahadat
Payam Zahadat
Supervisor
Ronald Thenius

Ronald Thenius
Supervisor

 

Bianca Pichler-Thier Project assistant

Bianca Pichler-Thier
Project assistant


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Role within the project:

The partner CYB has two main tasks in the project. First, we collaborate with several other partners in development and manufacturing of hardware platforms, emitters of weak environmental signals, LED generators and other devices required in the ASSISIbf project. This development will be mainly used on the bee’s side of the project. Second, CYB contributes to a theoretical RTD related to abstract collective mechanisms playing an important role in understanding a cooperative behaviour of social insects. We expect by application of synergetic methodology to gain deeper knowledge towards modelling and designing hybrid bio-technological societies. Additionally, as an industrial partner, CYB is going to exploit the technology developed in this project.

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Team:

Serge Kernbach                    Olga Kernbach

Team Coordinator                Researcher


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Role within the project:

The LARICS team from the University of Zagreb plays two important roles on the ASSISIbf team. In the first part of the project, we will develop the hardware and software for the “Honeybee interaction arena”. Developed in tight collaboration with the honeybee experts from UNIGRAZ, this novel platform for etiological experimentation aims to be a real-time, adaptive “interpeter” for the language of honeybees. In the second part of the project, we will use this ability to “talk to bees” for exploring the features that make honeybee societies so robust and efficient, and adapting those features for use in technical systems.

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Team:

 

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Stjepan Bogdan
Team Coordinator

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Karlo Griparic
PhD Student

Marsela Polić PhD student

Marsela Polić
PhD student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Role within the project:

Our research projects investigate, through a complex system approach, the social behaviors in group living animals to develop bio-inspired and biomimetic models of collective intelligence to apply them to collective robotics, smart buildings and smart networks of production and consumption of energy. In ASSISIbf, our goal is to model the collective decision-making mechanism of fish populations to design bio-inspired models of behaviours for social artificial systems. We also plan to design experimental bio-hybrid social systems composed of robots and animals collaborating to make choices.

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Team:

 

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José Halloy
Team Coordinator

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Axel Séguret
PhD Student

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Leo Cazenille
PhD Student

Yohann Chemtob Research Engineer

Yohann Chemtob
Research Engineer

 

 

 


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Role within the project:

LSRO is an internationally renowned research unit in the field of robotic system design. It has a large experience in the design of high precision robots, medical robotics systems, mobile and educational robots. In mobile robotics, its field of competence spans from very small robots sizing only a couple of centimetres and rolling on flat surfaces, up to inspection robots for power plants, robots for daily uses in homes or for educational purposes. Within ASSISIbf the role of LSRO is to design the robots that will interact with the fish, as well as an intelligent environment for performing automated experiments.

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Team:

 

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Francesco Mondada
Team Coordinator

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Frank Bonnet
Researcher

 

 

 


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Role within the project:

In ASSISIbf, UNILIS is concerned with the study and development of models of self-organisation in autonomous agents inspired in swarm behaviour. Besides specification of behavior and exploration of swarm cognition in specific problems UNILIS will investigate self-adaptation and evolutionary mechanisms adequate for collective behaviour. This partner will also be involved in visualisation mechanisms for the simulator and in coordinating dissemination channels.

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Team:

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Luis Correia
Team Coordinator

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Pedro Mariano
Researcher

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Rob Mills
Researcher

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Ana Paula Cláudio
Researcher

Sara Silva

Sara Silva
Researcher

José Tiago Soeiro

José Tiago Soeiro