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Dr Andrea Soltoggio

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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. 

For a list of publications, check the institutional repository or my personal web page.

Selected publications: 

  • Soltoggio, A, Stanley, K. O., Risi, S. (2017) Born to Learn: the Inspiration, Progress, and Future of Evolved Plastic Neural Networks. 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

I'm currently supervising 6 Ph.D. students, one has completed in 2017.

Andrea Soltoggio received MSc+BSc equivalent degrees 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).

Funded projects: 

 Past projects: 

  • 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.

Reviewer for:

  • Adaptive Behavior
  • AIMS Neuroscience
  • Essays in Biochemistry
  • 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
  • Nature
  • Neural Networks Journal
  • Neurocomputing Journal
  • Soft Computing

Programme Committee 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

Administrative roles:

  • Post Graduate Taught Tutor (MSc project co-ordination, tutoring)


  • Current 2015 - 2018
    • Advanced Artificial Intelligence Systems (Part C) 
    • Managing a project team (Part D) 
    • Team projects (Part B) 
  • Past:
    • Research skills
    • 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