Francesco Mondada

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Francesco Mondada
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Born Locarno, Switzerland
Citizenship Switzerland
Nationality Switzerland
Fields Robotics, Computer Science
Institutions Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Alma mater Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Known for Khepera mobile robot, E-puck mobile robot, Thymio
Notable awards Latsis Foundation University Prize, Credit Suisse Best Teaching Award

Francesco Mondada (born 17 March 1967) is a Swiss professor[1] in artificial intelligence and robotics. He got a Master's degree in Microengineering at the EPFL in 1991 and a Ph.D. degree in 1997. He is one of the creators of the Khepera and directed the design of the S-bot, the e-puck, the marXbot and the Thymio mobile robots. Together, these robots are mentioned in more than 7000 research articles.[2] In particular the Khepera robot[3] is a milestone in the field of bio-inspired and evolutionary robotics.

He was one of the founders and director of K-team SA from its creation 1995 to 2000,[4] and one of the founders of Calerga Sarl in 2001[5] and Mobsya in 2010.[6] He has received several industrial and academic prizes, including the University Latsis[7] and the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching.[8]

His recent work concerns collective robotics and education.

Selected publications[edit]

  • J. Halloy, G. Sempo, G. Caprari, C. Rivault, M. Asadpour, F. Tache, I. Said, V. Durier, S. Canonge, J. Ame, C. Detrain, N. Correll, A. Martinoli, F. Mondada, R. Siegwart, and J.-L. Deneubourg. Social Integration of Robots into Groups of Cockroaches to Control Self-Organized Choices. Science, 318(5853):1155-1158, 2007. [1]


  • F. Mondada, G. C. Pettinaro, A. Guignard, I. Kwee, D. Floreano, J.-L. Deneubourg, S. Nolfi, L. Gambardella, and M. Dorigo. SWARM-BOT: a New Distributed Robotic Concept. Autonomous Robots, special Issue on Swarm Robotics, 17(2-3):193-221, 2004. September - November 2004 Sponsor: swarm-bots, OFES 01-0012-1. [3]
  • D. Floreano and F. Mondada. Evolution of Homing Navigation in a Real Mobile Robot. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics Part B : Cybernetics, 26(3):396-407, 1996. [4]
  • F. Mondada, E. Franzi, P. Ienne, T. Yoshikawa, and F. Miyazaki. Mobile Robot Miniaturization: A Tool for Investigation in Control Algorithms. In Experimental Robotics III, volume 200 of Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, pages 501-13. Springer, London, 1994.


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