Dr Andrea Soltoggio
NEWS: (August 2018) I'm looking for Ph.D. students and a Research Associate to work on the evolution of plastic neural systems. Start date: October 2018. Please contact me if you are interested.
Applications for Ph.D. studentships: follow the link at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/
My research interests focus on neural plasticity, models of learning and memory, neuro-robotics, deep learning, evolutionary computation, artificial life, adaptive behaviour, human-robot interaction, control systems, cognition and intelligence, movement primitives, motor skills.
I'm currently supervising 6 Ph.D. students, and have 2 Ph.D. students completion in 2017 and 2018.
- Skarysz, A. Alkhalifah, Y, Darnley, K, Eddleston, M, Hu, Y, McLaren, DB, Nailon, WH, Salman, D, Sykora, M, Thomas, CLP, Soltoggio, A (2018) Convolutional neural networks for automated targeted analysis of gas-chromatography mass-spectrometry data. In International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Download PDF.
- Soltoggio, A, Stanley, K. O., Risi, S. (2017) Born to Learn: the Inspiration, Progress, and Future of Evolved Plastic Neural Networks. Neural Networks Journal (2018) arXiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1703.10371
- Bahroun, Y, Hunsicker, E, and Soltoggio, A. (2017) “Building Efficient Deep Hebbian Networks for Image Classification Tasks”, ICANN 2017, International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks
- Andrea Soltoggio (2014) Short-term plasticity as cause-effect hypothesis testing in distal reward learning, Biological Cybernetics, Feb 2015, Vol 109, p75-94, DOI: 10.1007/s00422-014-0628-0
- Andrea Soltoggio, Andre Lemme, Felix Reinhart, Jochen J. Steil (2013) Rare neural correlations implement robotic conditioning with delayed rewards and disturbances, Frontiers in Neurorobotics, DOI: 10.3389/fnbot.2013.00006
- Soltoggio, A., Bullinaria, A. J., Mattiussi, C., Dürr, P. and Floreano, D. (2008) Evolutionary Advantages of Neuromodulated Plasticity in Dynamic, Reward-based Scenarios. Artificial Life XI: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. Download PDF
The word cloud of our new review paper:
- Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and US Air Force Research Laboratory, 2018, $680k. Lifelong Learning Machines (L2M) (principal investigator)
- Innovate UK. 2017-2018, £107k. Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Deep learning and augmented reality deployment on mobile devices (principal investigator)
- EPSRC 2017-2018, £70k. Digitisation of Collaborative Human-Robot Work Spaces (co-investigator)
- EPSRC 2016-2017, £18k. Robotics and autonomous systems for manufacturing and infrastructure management (EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship) (co-investigator) (EP/N508706/1)
- Technical co-ordinator of the EU FP7 #248311 AMARSi project (2010-2014), approx. 12 PIs, 30+ full-time researchers.
I'm a guest editor for Frontiers in Neurorobotics, special issue: Neural plasticity for rich and uncertain robotic information streams.
- Adaptive Behavior
- AIMS Neuroscience
- Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
- Essays in Biochemistry
- Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
- Frontiers in Psychology
- IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part A and B
- IEEE Transaction of Cognitive and Developmental Systems
- Information Sciences
- MIT Evolutionary Computation Journal
- MIT Neural Networks Journal
- Neural Networks Journal
- Neurocomputing Journal
- Robotics and Autonomous Systems
- Soft Computing
Programme Committee (reviewer) of:
- Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO)
- IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Computing
- International Symposium on Bio-Medical Information and Cybernetics
- Hybrid Intelligent Systems Conference
- Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC)
- IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence for Human-Like Intelligence (CIHLI)
- Australasian Conference on Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence
- International Conference on Neural Networks (ICONIP 2011)
In June 2018, our work Convolutional neural networks for automated targeted analysis of gas-chromatography mass-spectrometry data was reported by the following:
- Nvidia Developer Newsletter: https://news.developer.nvidia.com/ai-can-smell-illnesses-in-human-breath/
- World Economic Forum: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/06/ai-is-acquiring-a-sense-of-smell-that-can-detect-illnesses-in-human-breath-15f84f2f-865b-453a-b834-7ccef8d626a7
- The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/ai-is-acquiring-a-sense-of-smell-that-can-detect-illnesses-in-human-breath-97627
- BBC Radio Leicester. Robotics and automation: risks and opportunities in the job market. With Ady Dayman (5/2/2018)
- BBC One (East Midlands Today). The potential impact to East Midlands region of AI innovation. With Amy Harris (27/11/2017)
- BBC Radio Leicester. Chatbots and emotional intelligence. With Ady Dayman (24/11/2017)
- BBC Radio Leicester. AI and chatbots. With Jonathan Lampon (9/8/2017)
- NAO robots at the British Science Week, STEM day (March 2016, March 2017, March 2018)
- BBC Radio Leicester. Interview on robotics with NAO robots (14/9/2015)
- STEM Science Tester Day (22/9/2015)
- 2018 Programme director (Computer Science, Computer Science and AI, Computer Science and Mathematics)
- 2016-2018 Post Graduate Taught Tutor (MSc thesis coordination)
- Current 2015 - 2018
- Advanced Artificial Intelligence Systems (Part C). This year 2017/18, Qubit sponsors three prizes for best projects.
- Managing a project team (Part D)
- Team projects (Part B)
- Research skills (University of Birmingham, 2008)
- Evolutionary Computation
- Neural Computation
- Design and media team
- Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science
Project/thesis supervision (Part C, Part D, MSc)
- Approximately 35 projects since 2014
Andrea Soltoggio received a combined BSc and MSc degree in Computer Science in 2004 from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, and from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2009 from the University of Birmingham, UK. He was with the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL, Lausanne, CH, in 2006 and 2008-2009. He was a visiting researcher at the University of Central Florida, US, in 2009. From 2010 to 2014 he was Technical Coordinator of the FP7 European large-scale integration project AMARSi with the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics, Bielefeld University, Germany. From 2014 he is a lecturer in computer science and artificial intelligence at Loughborough University.
He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).