Bertrand Collignon

Post Doctoral Researcher

 

Current research

CyBioSys : an affordable Cyber Biological System combining swarming biosensors and robotics

The aim of this project funded by a MSCA IF grant is to interface a swarm of animals with a distributed artificial system. Our objective is to demonstrate that such mixed society can benefit from advantages of both artificial and natural systems and outperform their constituents. Here, the goal of the mixed group is to explore the environment searching for resources and to exploit them as soon as discovered. For this purpose, we integrate a model organism of biological societies, the ants, with an artificial system based on mobile robots and static sensors. The system will benefit from the efficient exploration pattern of the insect swarm to discover and evaluate potential resources and the ability of the robots to rapidly convey these resources to the nest.

 

Academic record

2016-2018: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fellow (Experienced Researcher) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) working on the project CyBioSys. Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques (EPFL School of Engineering) in partnership with the Unit of Social Ecology (Université libre de Bruxelles).

2013-2016: Post-doctoral researcher and board member of the laboratory council at the Université Paris Diderot (Paris, France) working on the EU-funded project ASSISIbf (EU-FP7 Project no. 601074). Paris Interdisciplinary Energy Research Institute (Department of Physics).

2012: PhD in Sciences from Université libre de Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium).
PhD thesis: « Group recruitment and role of leaders in the ant Tetramorium caespitum: theoretical and experimental approach ». Advisor: Pr Claire Detrain, Unit of Social Ecology (Department of Biology).

2007: M.Sc. in Animal Biology from Université libre de Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium). Valedictorian, 1st class honours.

 

Grants & Awards

2016: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fellowship (Individual European Fellowship).

2012: Grant from the David and Alice Van Buuren Foundation (PhD Thesis Funding).

2007: Grant from the Fund for the Research in Industry and Agronomy (PhD Thesis Funding).

2007: Paul Brien Award for the best Master Thesis.

 

Publications

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Bonnet, F., Cazenille, L., Séguret, A., Collignon, B., Halloy, J. & Mondada, F. (2017) Design of a modular robotic system that mimics small fish locomotion and body movements for ethological studies. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems.

Pita, D., Collignon, B., Halloy, J. & Fernandez-Juricic, E. (2016) Collective behaviour in vertebrates: a sensory perspective. Royal Society Open Science, 3:160377.

Ashraf., I., Godoy-Diana, R., Halloy, J., Collignon, B. & Thiria, B. (2016) Synchronisation and collective swimming pattern in fish Hemigrammus bleheri. J. R. Soc. Interface, 13:20160734.

Séguret, A., Collignon, B. & Halloy, J. (2016) Strains differences in the collective behaviour of zebrafish (Danio rerio) in heterogeneous environments. Royal Society Open Science, 3:160451.

Collignon, B., Séguret, A. & Halloy, J. (2016) A stochastic vision-based model inspired by zebrafish collective behaviour in heterogeneous environments. Royal Society Open Science, 3:150473.

Collignon, B., Cervantes Valdivieso, L.E. & Detrain, C. (2014) Group recruitment in ants: Who is willing to lead? Behavioural Processes, 108, 98-104.

Collignon, B. & Detrain, C. (2014). Accuracy of leadership and control of the audience in the pavement ant Tetramorium caespitum. Animal Behaviour, 92, 159-165.

Collignon B., Deneubourg J.L. & Detrain C. (2012). Leader-based and self-organized communication: modelling group-mass recruitment in ants. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 313, 79-86.

Collignon B. & Detrain C. (2010). Distributed leadership and adaptive decision-making in the ant Tetramorium caespitum. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 277, 1267-1273.

 

INVITED TALKS

Collignon, B., Séguret, A. & Halloy, J. (2015) Collective motion modelled by a perception-based stochastic approach. 108th Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society, Austria.

Collignon, B., Séguret, A. & Halloy, J. (2015) Modelling collective behaviour of zebrafish in heterogeneous environment: a stochastic approach. French Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (SFECA), France.

 

CONFERENCES

Collignon B., Séguret, A., Cazenille, L., Chemtob, Y. & Halloy, J. (2016) Initiation of collective movements in the zebrafish Danio rerio. French Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (SFECA), France.

Collignon B., Séguret, A. & Halloy, J. (2014) Collective behaviour modeled by probabilistic agents. Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Winter Meeting (United Kingdoms).

Collignon B., J.L. Deneubourg & C. Detrain (2012) Leaders-based or self-organized information transfer during foraging in ants. 7th Ecology & Behaviour Meeting, France.

Collignon B., L.E. Cervantes Valdivieso & C. Detrain (2012) Behavioural profile of the leader and non-leader recruiters in the ant Tetramorium caespitum. XXVIe Annual Conference of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects French section, France.

Collignon B., J.L. Deneubourg & C. Detrain (2010) Complex patterns in food exploitation by ants. 7th International Francophone Conference of Entomology, Belgium.

Collignon B., J.L. Deneubourg & C. Detrain (2010) Theoretical study of food recruitments in ants: a generalized model. 16th Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Danemark.

Collignon B., L.E. Cervantes Valdivieso & C. Detrain (2010) Behavioral analysis of leaders during group recruitment in the ant Tetramorium caespitum. 17th Benelux Congress of Zoology, Belgium.

Collignon B. & C. Detrain (2009) Distributed leadership during foraging in ants. 31th International Ethological Conference, France.

Collignon B., C. Detrain & J.L. Deneubourg (2009) Analytical study of food recruitment towards a unique food source in ants. Annual meeting of the Doctoral School Non-linear Phenomenons, Complex systems and Statistical Mechanics, Belgium.

Collignon B. & C. Detrain (2008) The influence of food type and food quality on the group recruitment in the ant Tetramorium caespitum. 4th European meeting of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Belgium.

Collignon B. & C. Detrain (2008) Tuning of group recruitment in the ant Tetramorium caespitum. 15th Benelux Congress of Zoology, Belgium.

Collignon B. & C. Detrain (2008) Group recruitment and role of the leaders in the ant Tetramorium caespitum: an experimental and theoretical approach. Annual meeting of the Doctoral School Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution, Belgium.

 

Contact

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Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques (LSRO)

Bertrand Collignon
EPFL – STI – IMT – LSRO
bureau MEB330, Station 9
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Tel: +41 2 16 93 38 07

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Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Unité d’Ecologie Sociale (USE)

Bertrand Collignon
ULB CP 231
Campus de la Plaine, bd du Triomphe,
B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 650 60 12

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