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My PhD project:

The aim of my PhD project is to use one of the most important bio-inspired techniques, which is Swarm Intelligence.
The project will concentrate mainly on developing a new model of Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO). A new way for diversity
maintenance to solve the problem of premature convergence. Then apply the new model on a real robots. My idea is to train
a number of robots to interact with each other, attempting to simulate the way a collective of animals behave, as a single cognitive entity.

First Supervisor:
  • Dr. Patricia A. Vargas

  • Second Supervisor:
  • Prof. David W. Corne


  • Current Activities:

    My current activity is a survey paper presents a bird's eye view of particle swarm optimization applications on robotics.

    Research Interests:

    I am interested in Swarm robotics, Evolutionary Algorithms, mainly Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO).
    Perhaps what have interested me particularly about PSO is the role it has played in artificial life in general,
    and its wide range of successful applications to date. In addition, what has been achieved in my previous work
    (MSc project in 2010) encouraged me to search deeply in particle swarm optimization algorithm.

    Education Background:

    MSc in Artificial Intelligence: Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh,UK (2010)
    BSc in Computer Science: Omar Al-Mukhtar University, Libya (2003)

    Workshops:

    - 2nd Robotics Lab - Research Students Workshop at Heriot-Watt University,30-10-2015
    - The Synthetic Neuroethology Workshop at Sussex University, Sept. 9-10 2010

    Publications:

  • Applying particle swarm optimization to a garbage and recycling collection problem.

  • P. Vargas, A. Benhalen, G. Pessin, and F. Osorio, "Applying particle swarm optimization to a garbage and recycling collection problem" in Computational Intelligence (UKCI), 2012 12th UK Workshop on, Sept 2012, pp. 1-8.

    My previous work in my MSc project in 2010 has taken the firt part of the following puplication:


  • Swarm intelligence and the quest to solve a garbage and recycling collection problem.

  • G. Pessin, D. Sales, M. Dias, R. Klaser, D. Wolf, J. Ueyama, F. Osrio and P. Vargas, "Swarm intelligence and the quest to solve a garbage and recycling collection problem" Soft Computing, vol. 17, no. 12, pp. 2311-2325, 2013.