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Dr. Danesh Tarapore

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I am an Assistant Professor at the Agents Interaction and Complexity Group (AIC), Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. I am doing research in fault-tolerant robotic systems that use bio-inspired algorithms and machine learning techniques to rapidly detect faults and adapt to a priori unknown environmental changes. My interests also lie in using robots as a physical embodied platform to validate the principles underlying complex biological systems.

I have been a recipient of the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship (2015-2017), and part of my research is featured on the front cover of Nature.

Research

Research interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of biology, computer science, and robotics. Through the development and application of theoretical models, multi-scale stochastic simulations, and the physical instantiation of biological models in robots, I have addressed a diverse range of important problems in division of labour in social insect societies (e.g., ants) and the immunological maintenance of self-tolerance in the adaptive immune system. I have also successfully applied biological models towards the development of fault-tolerant systems for a wide range of robot platforms, including complex single-robot systems (e.g. multi-legged robots), and large-scale robot swarms.

Professional

Qualifications

Ph.D. in Life Science, inter-disciplinary research program at University of Lausanne and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

M.Tech. in Information Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India.

Publications

Tarapore, Danesh, Lungarella, Max and Gómez, Gabriel (2006) Quantifying patterns of agent--environment interaction Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 54, (2), pp. 150-158.

Tarapore, Danesh, Christensen, Anders Lyhne, Lima, Pedro U and Carneiro, Jorge (2012) Environment classification in multiagent systems inspired by the adaptive immune system In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems, Artificial Life. vol. 13, 8 pp, pp. 275-282.

Tarapore, Danesh, Floreano, Dario and Keller, Laurent (2010) Task-dependent influence of genetic architecture and mating frequency on division of labour in social insect societies Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 64, (4), pp. 675-684.

Lichocki, Pawel, Tarapore, Danesh, Keller, Laurent and Floreano, Dario (2012) Neural networks as mechanisms to regulate division of labor The American Naturalist, 179, (3), pp. 391-400.

Tarapore, Danesh, Christensen, Anders Lyhne, Lima, Pedro U and Carneiro, Jorge (2012) Clonal expansion without self-replicating entities In International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems. 14 pp, pp. 191-204.

Tarapore, Danesh, Christensen, Anders Lynhe, Lima, Pedro U and Carneiro, Jorge (2013) Abnormality detection in multiagent systems inspired by the adaptive immune system In Proceedings of the 2013 international conference on Autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. 8 pp, pp. 23-30.

Tarapore, Danesh and Mouret, J-B (2014) Comparing the evolvability of generative encoding schemes In Artificial Life 14: Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. 8 pp, pp. 55-62.

Tarapore, Danesh, Christensen, Anders Lyhne and Timmis, Jon (2015) Abnormality detection in robots exhibiting composite swarm behaviours In Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL). MIT Press., pp. 406-413.

Tarapore, Danesh, Lima, Pedro U., Carneiro, Jorge and Christensen, Anders Lyhne (2015) To err is robotic, to tolerate immunological: fault detection in multirobot systems Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 10, (1) (doi:10.1088/1748-3190/10/1/016014).

Tarapore, Danesh and Mouret, Jean-Baptiste (2015) Evolvability signatures of generative encodings: Beyond standard performance benchmarks Information Sciences, 313, pp. 43-61. (doi:10.1016/j.ins.2015.03.046).

Cully, Antoine, Clune, Jeff, Tarapore, Danesh and Mouret, Jean-Baptiste (2015) Robots that can adapt like animals Nature, 521, (7553), pp. 503-507. (doi:10.1038/nature14422).

Tarapore, Danesh, Clune, Jeff, Cully, Antoine and Mouret, Jean-Baptiste (2016) How do different encodings influence the performance of the MAP-Elites algorithm? In GECCO '16 Proceedings of the 2016 on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference. ACM., pp. 173-180.

Gomez, Gabriel, Lungarella, Max and Tarapore, Danesh (2006) Information-theoretic approach to embodied category learning In Artificial Life X: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. MIT Press. 6 pp, pp. 332-337.

Tarapore, Danesh, Lungarella, Max and Gómez, Gabriel (2004) Fingerprinting agent-environment interaction via information theory In The Eighth International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS-8). 9 pp, pp. 512-520.

Tarapore, Danesh, Floreano, Dario and Keller, Laurent, (2006) Influence of the level of polyandry and genetic architecture on division of labour Rocha, Luis Mateus, Yaeger, Larry S., Bedau, Mark A., Floreano, Dario, Goldstone, Robert L. and Vespignani, Alessandro (eds.) In Artificial Life X: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. MIT Press. 7 pp, pp. 358-364.

Tarapore, Danesh, Lima, Pedro U, Carneiro, Jorge and Christensen, Anders Lyhne (2014) Optimizing the crossregulation model for scalable abnormality detection In Artificial Life 14: Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. MIT Press..

Lichocki, Pawel, Tarapore, Danesh, Keller, Laurent and Floreano, Dario, (2012) Limitations of response thresholds models of division of labor Adami, Cristoph, Bryson, David M., Ofria, Charles and Pennock, Robert T. (eds.) In Artificial Life 13: Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. MIT Press. 2 pp, pp. 561-562.

O’Keeffe, James, Tarapore, Danesh, Millard, Alan G and Timmis, Jon (2017) Towards fault diagnosis in robot swarms: an online behaviour characterisation approach In Conference Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems. 15 pp, pp. 393-407.

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