Sabine Hauert

Contact

Lecturer in Robotics
Engineering Mathematics
Merchant Venturers Building – Room 2.39a
University of Bristol
Bristol BS8 1UB, UK

Bristol Robotics Laboratory | Life Sciences Building

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Biography

Sabine Hauert is Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol in the UK. Her research focusses in designing swarms that work in large numbers (>1000), and at small scales (<1 cm). Before joining the University of Bristol, Sabine engineered swarms of nanoparticles for cancer treatment at MIT, and deployed swarms of flying robots at EPFL. Sabine is also President and Co-founder of Robohub.org, a non-profit dedicated to connecting the robotics community to the world. As an expert in science communication with 10 years of experience, Sabine is often invited to discuss the future of robotics and AI, including in the journal Nature, at the European Parliament, and at the Royal Society. Her work has been featured in mainstream media including BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Economist, TEDx, WIRED, and New Scientist.

Education

EPFL, Switzerland (2006-2011) PhD in Computer Science
EPFL, Switzerland (2005-2006) MSc in Computer Science (5.69 / 6.0)
CMU, USA (2004-2005) Exchange Student in Computer Science (4.0 GPA)
EPFL, Switzerland (2001-2004) BSc in Computer Science

Research Experience

University of Bristol, UK (2014-) Lecturer in Robotics, Engineer swarming nanosystems towards biomedical applications.
MIT, USA (2011-2014) Human Frontier Science Program Cross-disciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow, Design of cooperative nanoparticles for the treatment of cancer using machine learning and crowdsourcing. Validation in vitro using tissue-on-a-chip constructs. Supervisor: Prof. Bhatia.
EPFL, Switzerland (2006-2011) PhD candidate, Thesis on the evolutionary synthesis of communication-based strategies to control swarms of aerial robots. Supervisors: Prof. Floreano and Dr. Zufferey.
EPFL, Switzerland (2005-2006) Internship then Master student, Preliminary study of the development of swarm behaviors for flying robots without the use of positioning information. Supervisors: Prof. Floreano and Dr. Zufferey.
CMU, USA (2005) Student Researcher, Optimization of the odometry of the AIBO robots towards the Robocup soccer competition. Supervisor: Prof. Veloso.
EPFL, Switzerland (2004) Student Researcher, Development of aspect-oriented software for the Parallax project at the Laboratory of Software Engineering. Supervisor: Prof. Strohmeier.

Knowledge Dissemination

ROBOTS Association (2008-) Co-founder, president and contributor: Bring together leading communicators in robotics to disseminate quality information to the general public and engage youth through social media and learning tools: http://robohub.org. The association includes researchers, science journalists, industrialists, and hobbyists from 5 continents. These volunteers have already contributed more than 1’500 blog posts which have attracted a wide readership, and 200 interviews with high-profile roboticists that have been downloaded over 1 million times (http://robotspodcast.com).

Autonomous Robots Journal – Springer (2010-) Media Editor: Responsible for presenting the latest publications in robotics to a general audience on the Autonomous Robots Blog (http://www.autonomousrobotsblog.com).

Teaching Experience

University of Bristol, UK (2016-) Lecturer in Bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence.
University of Bristol, UK (2015-) Lecturer in Introduction to Computer Programming.
University of Bristol, UK (2014-) Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics.
MIT, USA (2013) Designed and coordinated the Undergraduate Research Summer Program.
MIT, USA (2013) Teaching certificate program (9 classes).
MIT, USA (2013-) Supervised the making of educational videos to be featured on the Khan Academy Website: http://www.khanacademy.org.
ROBOHUB (2012-) Supervised the making of microlectures, in collaboration with the Swiss NCCR Robotics, aimed at demystifying robotics for the general public.
MIT, USA (2011-) Supervised three undergraduate researchers working on the crowdsourcing of cooperative nanotreatments.
MIT, USA (2012) Produced educational video on nanoparticle transport in tumors.
EPFL, Switzerland (2009-2010) Supervised the final project for the course Mobile Robots given by Dr. Zufferey.
EPFL, Switzerland (2006-2010) Supervised two master projects and twelve semester projects relating to the design of swarms of flying robots.
EPFL, Switzerland (2006-2010) Designed and supervised exercise sessions and the final project for the course Bio-Inspired Artificial Intelligence given by Prof. Floreano.

Talks

CMU Robotics Institute Seminar Series (2016) Swarming Nanobots for Cancer Applications, Pittsburgh, USA
EclipseCon* (2015) Keynote – Swarming Nanomedicine, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Austrian Robotics Workshop* (2015) Keynote – Swarming Nanomedicine, Klagenfurt, Austria
Colorectal Therapies HTC Annual National Meeting* (2015) Keynote – Swarming Nanomedicine, Leeds, UK
IEEE ICRA (2015)* Crash-course on science communication, Seattle USA
Nanoparticle Concentration, Chemistry and Interfaces Workshop (2015) Crowdsourcing the design of swarming nanomedicine, Cheshire UK
TEDx, Swarming Nanomedicine, Warwick UK
Automatic Control \& Systems Engineering Seminar Series, Swarming Nanosystems for Cancer Applications, Sheffield UK
Kings College London Seminar Series, Swarming Nanosystems for Cancer Applications, London UK
RE.WORK Technology Summit (2015) Crowdsourcing the Design of Swarming Nanosystems for Cancer Applications, London UK
International Symposium on NanoBiotechnology (2014) Crowdsourcing the Design of Swarming Nanosystems for Cancer Applications, Beijing China
RE.WORK Technology Summit (2014) Crowdsourcing the Design of Swarming Nanosystems for Cancer Applications, London UK
IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (2014) Swarming Nanobots for Cancer Applications, Chicago USA
Alife (2014) Insights from Swarm-Robotic Experiments on the Penetration of Targeted Nanoparticles into Tumors, New York, USA
Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics* (2014) Crowdsourcing the Design of Swarming Nanosystems for Cancer Applications, London, UK
University of Oxford* (2014) Crowdsourcing the Design of Swarming Nanosystems for Cancer Applications, Oxford UK
University of Basel* (2013) NanoDoc: Crowdsourcing the Design of Nanomedicine, Basel CH
HFSP Awardees Meeting (2013) NanoDoctor: Crowdsourcing the Design of Nanomedicine, Strasbourg FR
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research – MIT* (2013) Focus Seminar Series, Cambridge USA
IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (2012) Swarming Nanorobots for Cancer Treatment, Vilamoura PT
IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (2011) Reynolds Flocking in Reality with Fixed-Wing Robots: Communication Range vs. Maximum Turning Rate, San Francisco USA
SEMATRON* (2011) Bio-inspired Flying Robots, Sao Carlos BR
LIFT* (2011) Robotics Today, Geneva CH
NanoTera* (2010) Communication-based Swarms of Flying Robots, Interlaken CH
Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (2010) Beat-Based Synchronization and Steering for Groups of Fixed-Wing Flying Robots, Lausanne CH
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2010) Communication-based Leashing of Real Flying Robots, Anchorage USA
European Conference on Complex Systems∗ (2009) Communication-based Swarms of Flying Robots, Warwick UK
BIOWIRE∗ (2009) Communication-based Swarms of Flying Robots, Cambridge UK
EECS* (2009) Swarms of Flying Robots for Communication Networks, Warwick UK
IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (2009) Reverse-engineering of Artificially Evolved Controllers for Swarms of Robots, Trondheim NO
*Invited talks

Honors and Awards

Society for Experimental Biology President’s Medal, Runner up in the Cell Biology Section (2016).
63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Selectee (2013).
Agora Public Communication Grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (2011-2014).
European Podcast Award – Swiss Non-Profit Category (2012).
Human Frontiers in Science Program Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship (2011-2014).
Botsker award for video on Bio-inspired Flying Robots (2011).
Best video award in Artificial Intelligence (2008).
First place at the Robocup US Open with the Carnegie Mellon University team (2005).
Scholarship to perform one year of Masters studies at Carnegie Mellon University as an exchange student (2004-2005).

Event Organization

Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (2016) Publicity Chair.
Robotics Science and Systems (2016) Publicity Chair.
AAAI Conference (2016) Co-chair of the AI Video Competition.
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2016) Publicity Co-Chair.
AAAI Conference (2015) Co-chair of the AI Video Competition.
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2015) Media Chair.
IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (2014) Co-organizer of the workshop on micro-nano robotic swarms for biomedical applications.
IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (2014) Co-organizer of the workshop on micro-nano robotic swarms for biomedical applications.
Robots: From Imagination to Market at MIT (2014) Organizer and host of the event.
AAAI Conference (2014) Co-chair of the AI Video Competition.
IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (2013) Organizer of the workshop on Science Communication.
IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (2009) Co-organizer of the Special Session on Evolutionary Robotics.
Flying Insects and Robot Symposium (2007) Organization Committee.

Program Committees

GECCO, SWARM, AAAI, DARS, CEC, ICRA, IROS