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“ Postdoctoral Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ”

Postdoctoral researcher specialized in robotics. I have collaborated on international projects in Japan, Germany, Spain and the United States, with world-class gurus such as Hiroshi Ishiguro, Alan Winfield and Caleb Harper. Currently conducting research and participating in projects on Swarm Robotics, Blockchain and Food Computers.

I have written in various generalist publications and specialists, such as El País, El Mundo, Advanced Robotics or Swarm Intelligence and my projects have had repercussions in several media outlets, like BBC, Wired, The Guardian or RTVE. I've given masterclasses and lectures at international congresses such as ICRA, ICCAS 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.

Name

Eduardo Castello Ferrer

Address

MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Languages

Fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.

Research Media Appearances

BBC, El País, El Mundo, The guardian, Wired, Time, The Economist, ...

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time (Thomas Alva Edison)”

Work

Postdoctoral Associate and Research Affiliate - 2016 - Present
MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Conducting research on the synergy between robotics and controlled-environment devices (a.k.a Food Computers) to discover, analyze, and integrate new techniques for precision agriculture. In addition, I design, test, and implement new decentralized models for the whole range of controlled environment agriculture systems proposed at the OpenAg group.

Columnist and media collaborator - 2013 - Present
El País and El Mundo (largest Spanish newspapers)

Columnist for the Science, Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship sections and leading writer of Robotics Blog of the diary. More than 2 million of daily unique readers.

Research in Bristol Robotics Lab - 2013
Bristol Robotics Lab (BRL), University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus

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.

Research in Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) - 2011 - 2012
Institute of Automatic Control Engineering (LSR)

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.

Research in Osaka University - 2009 - 2011
Osaka University

Conducted research as part of the Osaka University project Yuragi. This project included the design, development, and simulation of robotic controllers based on Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, Fuzzy Logic and Stochastic Control for the following robot platforms: E-puck, Khepera, Katana, Wakamaru. The research conducted led to the publication of a conference paper.

Publications - 2009 - Present
Academic conferences and journal publications


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.

Patents, Honors and Awards - 2010 - Present

Highly-Customizable Robotic Platform for Testing Mobile Sensor Networks. Spanish Patent Application P201500298, filed April, 2015

Award Yoneyama Scholarship offered by the Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation (25 merit-based scholarships awarded over a base of 25,000 students). Apr 2014.

Award Yoneyama Scholarship offered by the Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation (25 merit-based scholarships awarded over a base of 25,000 students). Apr 2014.

Best Student Paper Award offered by the Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems (ICROS). Oct 2013.

Award Murata Overseas Scholarship Academic Award offered by the Murata Foundation (10 merit-based scholarships awarded over a base of 10,000 students). Jul 2013.

Award 1 of 25 Honors Scholarships offered by the Japanese Student Service Organization (JASSO) Apr 2012

Award 1 of 10 Monbukagakusho Research Scholarships offered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Oct 2010.

Network Designer - 2003 - 2006
Isabelinas Estate Agent - Valencia (Spain)

Design and installation of a corporate intranet that connected all the local Estate Agent branches. Setting up an automated system which printed client accounting information.

Experience

Multidisciplinary experience in several countries, such as Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan and United States.

Leading teams and managing international projects in different areas: swarm robotics, agricultural robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

“Getting an Education from MIT is like taking a drink from a Fire Hose (Jerome Weisner) ”

EDUCATION

Education and training

Technical skills and competences

Programming: C/C++, Python, R, Perl, 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.

PhD. Eng. Robotics - 2012 - 2016
Osaka University (Japan)

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

M.Eng. Robotics- 2009 - 2011
Osaka University (Japan)

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

Bsc.(Hons) Intelligent Systems- 2006 - 2007
University of Portsmouth (UK)

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

HND. Software Engineering- 2003 - 2006
ESAT ( Escola Superior D’Art i Tecnologia ) (Spain)

Topics covered: Structured Programming, Systems Analysis, Software Engineering, Networking, Database Design.
Upper Second Class Honours

“Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living (Nicholas Negroponte)”

Projects

A handful of the projects I have collaborated in

Blockchain

The combination of blockchain and swarm robotics allows to explore new security, decision-making, behavior differentiation and business models for distributed robotic systems.

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Food Computers

The Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg) is on a mission to create more farmers for the future of food production. We are developing the open source hardware and software platforms for sensor-controlled hydroponic and aeroponic agriculture systems.

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Beaming

BEAMING (Being in Augmented Multi-Modal Naturally-Networked Gatherings) is intended to develop the necessary technology to virtually transport people from one local place to a remote place so they can interact with people as well as objects there.

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Adaptive Foraging for Robotic Swarms

In order to adapt to new and dynamic environments, robotic swarms need robust task allocation and division of labor mechanisms. Using foraging as a case study, this work proposes bio-inspired algorithms to achieve both skills.

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Highly-Customizable 3D Printed Robotic Platforms

This work presents Epimeteo: A Low-cost, Highly Customizable Robotic Platform for Testing Mobile Sensor Networks.

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Academic Conferences and Journal Publications


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.

BLOG

my blog
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