I am a directeur de recherches (research director) of the fund for scientific research F.R.S.–FNRS of Belgium's Wallonia-Brussels Federation. I am affiliated with IRIDIA, CoDE, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.
I have been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council for the project "DEMIURGE: automatic design of robot swarms".
My research focuses mainly on computational intelligence and in particular on the automatic design of swarm intelligence systems and multi-robot systems. My research interests include also metaheuristics and local search methods for combinatorial optimization. I am particularly interested in the application of statistical methods, design of experiments, and machine learning techniques, notably for assessing the performance of algorithms and for fine-tuning their parameters. I am also interested in epistemology and in the philosophical foundations of computational intelligence.
I am an associate editor for Frontiers in Robotics and AI: Multi-Robot Systems, and an academic editor for PeerJ Computer Science. I served as an associate editor for Swarm Intelligence from 2006 to 2019 and I am currently a member of the editorial board. I also served as a member of the organizing committee for 17 international conferences, and as a member of the program committee for more than 50 international conferences in the last five years. From 2002 to 2018, I served as member of the organizing committee of the series of conferences ANTS. Between 2012 and 2015, I chaired for four times the AAAI Video Competition.