Dr. Eliseo Ferrante

Vice President

Dr. Eliseo Ferrante is Senior Director at the Autonomous Robotics Research Center at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a cutting-edge UAE-based scientific research center. In this role, he is responsible for carrying out advanced research, with a focus on bio-inspired control methods for swarms of heterogeneous robots (on land, air, and water) and self-organized communication networks. He also is an Assistant Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (on leave).

Dr Ferrante’s research focuses on swarm robotics studies from an interdisciplinary perspective, comprising computational, statistical physics, and evolutionary models of collective behavior. Some of the phenomena he studies include collective motion, aggregation, task specialization, and collective decision-making in artificial agents and robots. His methodological expertise includes computer simulations, real robot experiments, and evolutionary and mathematical models. He applies these methodologies to the control of large swarms of robots that could be deployed in a variety of environments such as land, air or water.

Dr Ferrante has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles published in international journals and presented at conferences, including Physical Review Letters (IF 2016: 8.46) and IEEE Transactions in Cybernetics (IF 2016: 7.38). He also authored a survey article that has earned more than 900 citations since 2013, making it the most cited article in the field. His Google Scholar H-index is 20, and the total number of citations is over 2,500. Dr. Ferrante’s research is featured in international and national magazines, including Science Magazine and IEEE Spectrum.

He earned a PhD in Engineering Sciences from the Université  Libre de Bruxelles (ULB - Belgium) in 2013, an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago (USA), and an MSc in Computer Science Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy).