Researcher specialized in robotics. I have collaborated on international projects in Japan, Europe and the United States, with world-class academics such as Alex ('Sandy') Pentland and Hiroshi Ishiguro. Currently conducting research and participating in projects on robotics and blockchain technology.
I have written in various generalist publications such as El País, El Mundo as well as scientific publications such as Advanced Robotics or Swarm Intelligence. My projects have had repercussions in several media outlets, like BBC, Wired, The Guardian or MIT Technology Review. I've given masterclasses and lectures at international congresses such as ICRA, EMTECH or GREX.
My goal is to build new distributed robotic systems that can change the way humanity feeds, communicates, transports and lives. These new decentralized technologies will have a great weight to build more open, fair and transparent ecosystems for their future users.
Eduardo Castello Ferrer
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Fluent in English, Spanish, Catalan, Italian and Japanese.
BBC, El País, El Mundo, ABC, The guardian, Wired, Time, The Economist, MIT Technology Review ...
Conduct research on how distributed robotics systems provide new ways to improve mobility, last-mile logistics, and health-related issues in urban areas. This research is conducted in the City Science group at the MIT Media Lab.
Implemented novel methods to encapsulate cooperative missions in real-robot systems by using blockchain-based data structures.
Conducted research on the combination of swarm robotic systems and blockchain technology to implement new security, behavior and business models for distributed robotic systems. This research was conducted jointly by the Human Dynamics group at the MIT Media Lab and IRIDIA at ULB. This research was supported by the EU MSCA grant: BROS.
Conducted research on the synergy between robotics and controlled-environment devices to discover, analyze, and integrate new techniques for precision agriculture.
Columnist for the Science, Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship sections and leading writer of Robotics Blog (Entre replicantes) of El País diary. More than 2 million of daily unique readers.
Designed and conducted extensive real-hardware experiments involving swarms of robots. Experiments involved the use of several E-puck robots in order to develop and analyze adaptive foraging controllers. This internship culminated in the submission of a research paper to the Swarm Intelligence Journal.
Designed, tested and implemented several communication modules for the EU FP7 BEAMING project. These modules were used in order to teleoperate robotic avatars with real-time capabilities. This internship led to a collaboration project between LSR and Osaka University.
Designed and built the corporate intranet which connected all the local company branches.
Multidisciplinary experience in several countries, such as Spain, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom, Japan and United States.
Leading teams and managing international projects in different areas: distributed robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
Programming: C/C++, Python, R, Go, PHP, Lisp, UNIX shell scripting, Matlab, SQL, DVCS (Mercurial, GIT), VCS (RCS, CVS, SVN, SCCS), and others.
Robotics Software: ROS, Player/Stage/Gazebo, Webots, OpenRTM-aist, V-REP, ARGoS.
Robotics and Machine Learning Libraries: OpenCV, Torch, TensorFlow, Caffe, mlpack, OROCOS.
Leadership and working in multidisciplinary teams. Innovation, disruption and trendwatching.
Thesis title: Adaptive Foraging for Swarm Robotic Systems: A bio-inspired approach.
Topics covered: Swarm Robotics Systems, Optimization, Stochastic Control, Distributed Systems.
1st - First Class Honours
Thesis title: Dynamic Task Assignment for a Multi-Robot System based on the Attractor Selection Model.
Topics covered: Advanced Robotic Systems, Sensory Information Processing, Pattern Recognition, Imaging Systems.
1st - First Class Honours
Thesis title: Phoenix Linux: A intelligent Linux Distribution for recovery purposes.
Topics covered: Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms, Data Mining, Fuzzy Logic, Scientific Computing, Intelligent Systems Programming
Upper Second Class Honours
Topics covered: Structured Programming, Systems Analysis, Software Engineering, Networking, Database Design.
Upper Second Class Honours
Jorge Peña Queralta, Qingqing Li, Eduardo Castelló Ferrer, Tomi Westerlund. “Secure Encoded Instruction Graphs for End-to-End Data Validation in Autonomous Robots”, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 2022.
Eduardo Castelló Ferrer, Ernesto Jiménez, Jose Luis Lopez-Presa, Javier Martín-Rueda. “Following Leaders in Byzantine Multi-Robot Systems by using Blockchain Technology”, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 2021.
Eduardo Castello, Thomas Hardjono, Alex Pentland and Marco Dorigo. “Secure and secret cooperation in robot swarms”, Science Robotics, 2021.
Volker Strobel, Eduardo Castello and Marco Dorigo. “Blockchain Technology Secures Robot Swarms: A Comparison of Consensus Protocols and Their Resilience to Byzantine Robots”, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 2020.
A. L. Alfeo, Castello Ferrer, E., et al., "Urban Swarms: A new approach for autonomous waste management", 2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2019).
Eduardo Castelló Ferrer, Ognjen (Oggi) Rudovic, Thomas Hardjono and Alex ('Sandy') Pentland, "RoboChain: A Secure Data-Sharing Framework for Human-Robot Interaction", in the Tenth International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine (eTELEMED), 2018, (Best Paper Award).
Volker Strobel, Eduardo Castello and Marco Dorigo. Managing Byzantine Robots via Blockchain Technology in a Swarm Robotics Collective Decision Making Scenario, Proceedings of the 17th Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems. International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2018).
Eduardo Castelló Ferrer, Jake Rye, Gordon Brander, Tim Savas, Douglas Chambers, Hildreth England and Caleb Harper, "Personal Food Computer: A new device for controlled-environment agriculture", ArXiv e-prints, 2017.
Eduardo Castello Ferrer, "The blockchain: A new framework for robotic swarm systems", ArXiv e-prints, 2016.
Eduardo Castello, Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Fabio Dalla Libera, Wenguo Liu, Alan F. T. Winfield, Yutaka Nakamura and Hiroshi Ishiguro, "Adaptive foraging for simulated and real robotic swarms : the dynamical response threshold approach", Swarm Intelligence, 2016.
Eduardo Castello and Y. Sinan Hanay, "Demo : A Low-cost, Highly Customizable Robotic Platform for Testing Mobile Sensor Networks", in ACM Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MOBIHOC 2015), Hangzhou, China. June 22 - June 25, 2015.
Eduardo Castello, Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Yutaka Nakamura and Hiroshi Ishiguro, "Foraging Optimization in Swarm Robotic Systems based on an Adaptive Response Threshold Model", RSJ International Journal of Advanced Robotics, 2014.
Eduardo Castello, Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Yutaka Nakamura and Hiroshi Ishiguro, "Foraging in Real and Simulated environments for a Robotic Swarm based on an Adaptive Response Threshold Model", in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2014), Multi-Robot Systems Workshop. Hong Kong, China. May 31 - June 7, 2014.
Eduardo Castello, Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Yutaka Nakamura, Yoshio Matsumoto and Hiroshi Ishiguro, "Task Allocation for a Robotic Swarm Based on an Adaptive Response Threshold Model", in ICCAS, International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems, 2013. (Student Paper Award)
Eduardo Castello, Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Yutaka Nakamura, Yoshio Matsumoto and Hiroshi Ishiguro, "Dynamic Task Assignment for a Multi-Robot System Based on the Attractor Selection Model", in IPSJ. Conference on Social Intelligence, Kobe, 2009.
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