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Carlo Pinciroli

Assistant Professor of Robotics Engineering and Assistant Professor of Fire Protection Engineering
Affiliated Department or Office
MS Computer Science Politecnico di Milano, Italy 2005
MS Computer Science University of Illinois at Chicago 2005
PhD Robotics Engineering Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium 2014
Postdoc Robotics Engineering École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada 2015

The focus of my research is designing innovative tools for swarm robotics. I am developing Buzz, a programming language specifically designed for real-world robot swarms. During my Ph.D., I have designed ARGoS, which is currently the fastest general-purpose robot simulator in the literature. Recent work focuses on human-swarm interaction and multi-robot learning. I am also working on swarm robotics solutions for disaster response scenarios, such as search-and-rescue and firefighting.

Professional Highlights & Honors
Best paper award
International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2022)
Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Amazon Research Award
Amazon Science
Chargé des Recherches
Belgian National Science Foundation (F.R.S. FNRS)
Most Innovative Technology Award
Robot Film Festival
Winner of the AAAI Video Competition
Spectrum News 1
WPI's Team Capricorn Competing in NASA's Space Robotics Challenge

Mike Gennert, professor of robotics engineering; Carlo Pinciroli, assistant professor of robotics engineering; and Ashay Aswale, a PhD student in robotics engineering, were featured in a TV segment describing their participation in the NASA-sponsored Space Robotics Challenge. About a dozen undergraduate and graduate students have made measurable contributions in the competition.

WBZ News Radio 1030
WPI Advances to Finals of Space Robotics Challenge

Carlo Pinciroli, assistant professor of robotics engineering, discussed how WPI’s Team Capricorn advanced to the finals of the NASA-sponsored Space Robotics Challenge. The WPI team is seeking to program virtual robots to locate and extract valuable resources from the Moon. “This has a direct financial and economic interest because there are lots of resources on the moon that are important to access,” he said.