CV of Principal Investigators


Dr. Serge Kernbach

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Research Interests:

  • Collective Systems, Advanced Mechatronic Systems, Cognitive Systems & Robotics
  • Computer Science, Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Synergetics and Self-organization
  • Bio-/Chemo- Hybrid Systems, weak Bio-physical Interactions

Serge Kernbach is a director of research center of advanced robotics and environmental science (up to 03.13 - head of collective robotics group at the University of Stuttgart, Germany). He graduated in electronic engineering and computer science in 1994. In 1996 he was awarded Presidential Fellowship as a young researcher, in 1997 - the DAAD fellowship, he was a guest scientist in the center of Synergetics leaded by Prof. H. Haken, who also co-supervised his PhD work. In 2007 his doctoral thesis won the faculty-award as the best dissertation of the year. Since 2004 he has been a coordinator of several European research projects on the field of collective robotics. Serge’s main research interest is focused on artificial biological and technological collective systems, he is an author and co-author of over 150 articles in international journals and conferences with best paper awards, edited a few books.

Educational background: 

- 1994, Electronic and computer science engineering, Diplom, University of Taganrog, specialization: Electronic Measurement Systems

- 1994, Management and Monetary Economy, Diplom, University of Taganrog, specialization: Human Ressources

- 2007, Collective Robotics, Dr.rer.nat, University of Stuttgart (with distinction)

- 2013 (submit.), Habilitation

Professional Career:

- 1993-1996, Grounder and CEO of "Panix, Inc."

- 1994-1996, Head of the group "ArtLab", department of New Information Technologies, University of Taganrog

- 1996-1997, Research fellowships at the institute of theoretical physics and synergetics, Prof. H.Haken, University of Stuttgart

- 1997-1998, Research fellowships at the institute of parallel and distributed systems (IPVS), Prof. P.Levi, University of Stuttgart

- 1999-2005, Researcher, IPVS, University of Stuttgart

- 2005-2007, Finished PhD thesis, working as postdoctoral researcher at IPVS, University of Stuttgart

- 2007-2013 Head of the group "Collective Robotics" in the department of Image Understanding, senior researcher at IPVS, University of Stuttgart

- 2008-2012, Project coordinator of EU-projects "SYMBRION" and "REPLICATOR"

- 2010-2012, Coordination activities within European network on hybrid systems and embodied evolution

- 2011-2013, Principal Investigator and Team Leader of the “CoCoRo” Project

- 2012, Co-founder (with Dr. O. Kernbach) of SME “Cybertronica UG”, Stuttgart

- 2013-current, Director of the Research Center of Advanced Robotics and Environmental Science “Cybertronica Research”

Honours and awards:

- 1986, I place in the Inter-School Physics Olympiad Competition, Kislowodsk

- 1987, II place in the Inter-School Physics Olympiad Competition, Kislowodsk

- 1987, II place in the Inter-School Biology Olympiad Competition, Kislowodsk

- 1990, Best conference student paper on XXVII TSURE conference

- 1991, Best section student paper on XXVIII TSURE conference: section electronics

- 1993, Best section student paper on XXXX TSURE conference: section economy

- 1993, Distinguished diploma in German Language

- 1996, Special research grant of the President of the Russian Federation

- 1997, DAAD individual research grant

- 2007, Doctoral thesis: grade - "excellent with distinction" (examiners: P.Levi, H.Haken, V.Diekert) (in germ: "Sehr gut", "mit Auszeichnung bestanden")


- 2008, Infos-faculty award for the best dissertation of the year


- 2008, FESTO prize for developing “AquaJelly” robot


- 2009, SYMBRION project: 3rd place of the best exibition award, European Future Technologies Conference



- 2009, “Jasmine” robot is included into the exhibition catalog of Deutsches Museum, section “Nano- and Bio- technology”, Munich





- 2009, Best paper award of the International Conference on Adaptive and Self-adaptive Systems and Applications, ADAPTIVE 2009


Acquired Projects:

- 2005, EU-project "GOLEM", STREP: Bio-Inspired Assembly of Meso-Scale Components, FP6

- 2007, EU-project "SYMBRION", IP (coordination): Symbiotic Evolutionary Robot Organisms, FP7

- 2007, EU-project "REPLICATOR", IP (coordination): Robotic Evolutionary Self-Programming and Self-Assembling Organisms, FP7

- 2008, EU-project "ANGELS", STREP: ANGuilliform robot with ELectric Sense, FET, FP7

- 2010, EU-project "EVOBODY", SA: New Principles of Unbound Embodied Evolution, FET, FP7

- 2010, EU-project "SYMBRION Enlarged EU", IP (coordination): Symbiotic Evolutionary Robot Organisms, Extension for Enlarged Europe, FET, FP7

- 2011, EU-project "CoCoRo", STREP: Colective Cognitive Robotics, Cognitive Systems and Robotics, FP7

- 2013, EU-project "ASSISI|bf" - Animal‌ and‌ robot‌ Societies‌ ‌Self-organise‌ and‌ Integrate‌ by‌ Social‌ Interaction‌ ( bees‌ and‌ fish)‌, FET, FP7

- 2014, EU-project "Flora Robotica" - Societies of Symbiotic Robot-Plant Bio-Hybrids as Social Architectural Artifacts, FET, H2020

- 2014, EU-project "subCULTron" - Submarine cultures perform long- term robotic exploration of unconventional environmental niches, FET, H2020

- totally as a partner >5M€

Practical Work:

- 1991-1993, Industrial Project: "GAS measurement in household": programming Z80 MCU

- 1995-1996, Research Project: "Multimedia in High Education": coordination activities

- 2002-2003, Research Project: "GESTUS DES FLIESSENS" - Recognition of gesticulation in human-machine interaction: development of vision processing and image recognition algorithm



- 2003-2005, Research Project (DFG): "SFB467-Transformable Business Structures for Multiple-Variant Series Production": development of agent-based planning


- 2007-2008, Industrial Project: "AquaJelly" An artificial jellyfish with electric drive unit, FESTO AG: development of on-board electronics


- 2004-2009, Research Project (EU): "I-Swarm - Intelligent Small World Autonomous Robots for Micro-manipulation ": swarm algorithms


- 2004-, Swarmrobot, development of micro-robot swarm "Jasmine": hardware and algorithms



- 2008-, Research Project (EU): "SYMBRION" and "REPLICATOR": coordination and several hardware developments

- 2010-, Networking and community building activities with the EvoBody project and FET flagship initiative


- over 35 Supervised Study/Master/Diploma Theses

- Lectures SS95-WS95/96 „Decktop Publishing Systems“, Uni-Taganrog

- Lectures WS95/96 "Operating system Windows 95 and windows's networks"

- Lectures SS96 „Rechnernetze und Rechnersysteme“, Uni-Taganrog

- Lectures SS99, WS01/02 "Images Understanding", Uni-Stuttgart

- Exercises SS98-SS02 „Einführung in VKI und BV“, Uni-Stuttgart

- Exercises SS99-SS05 „Data Structures und Algorithms“, Uni-Stuttgart

- Exercises WS00/01-WS04/05 „Image Understanding“, Uni-Stuttgart

- Lectures WS09/10, WS10/11 WS11/12 „Evolutionary and Collective Robotics“, Uni-Stuttgart

Invited talks:

- "Collective & Swarm Robotics" (workshop organizer), The 1st Workshop on Collective & Swarm Robotics, 01.10.04, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 2004

- "Research on Collective & Swarm Robotics" (workshop organizer), The 2nd Workshop on Collective & Swarm Robotics, 29.03.05, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 2005

- "Collective & Swarm Robotics: Results & Perspectives " (workshop organizer), The 3rd Workshop on Collective & Swarm Robotics, 22.05.06, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 2006

- "From Robot Swarm to Robot Organism " (workshop organizer), The 4th Workshop on Collective & Swarm Robotics, 16.05.07, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 2007

- "The next in Collective Robotics: handling of complexity through morphogenesis", New Ties Project, 25.02.08, Leiden, The Netherlands

- "Collective Aspects of Robot Organism " (workshop organizer), The 5th Workshop on Collective & Swarm Robotics, 14.10.08, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 2008

"Large-Scale Integrated Projects “I-Swarm” and “Symbrion”", 21-23.10.2008, ICT Event Moscow, Russia

- "Structural self-organization in symbiotic robot organisms", session: Synergetics of Robots and Environment, ICT2008 Conference, 25-27. November 2008, Lyon

- "Collective robotics: adaptivity, co-evolution, robot society", session orginizer, FET 2009 Conference, 21-23 April 2009, Prague

- "Use of Structural Generators" (workshop organizer), The 6th Workshop on Collective & Swarm Robotics, 16.06.09, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 2009

- "Self-Organizing Collective Intelligence" , PerAda-SICSA Summer School 22.06.09 2009, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

- "Swarm Robotics: Advantages and Challenges" (speaker programme) , ELRIG 2009, Liverpool, UK

- "SYMBRION: Symbiotic Multi-Robot Evolutionary Organisms, Project Overview", FET-Perada Meeting, Brussels, 10 March 2010

- "Swarm Robotics: Research challenges and application relevance" (speaker programme) , EURON / EUROP Annual Meeting 2010, Workshop on Cooperative Robotics Challenges, 10-12 March 2010, San Sebastian, Spain

- "Multi-Robot Organisms: Bio-inspired and Evolutionary Paradigms" (speaker programme) , 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Workshop on Bio-Inspired Self-Organizing Robotic Systems, Anchorage, Alaska, May 3-8, 2010

- "Robot Companions: social role of collective robotics in tomorrow society", PERADA Meeting 16.06.10, Berlin, 2010

- "Challenges of collective underwater robotics", ANGELS Meeting, 22.06.10, Bonn, 2010

- "Multicellular Self-Adaptation and Self-Development: new paradigm for collective adaptive systems?" (keynote speaker) , 9th International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems, ICARIS 2010, Edinburgh, UK, 26-29th July 2010, Report in PERADA Newsletter, v.l1, 8

- "Artificial Organisms: from Unicellular to Multicellular" (keynote speaker) , Twelfth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, ALife XII, Odense, Denmark, August 19-23, 2010 - Preface, MIT Press, 2010

- "On Project Management", BV Seminar in Haigerloch, Germany, 30.08-03.09, 2010

- "On three great challenges in collective robotics", (organisers presentations, workshop co-organized with Gusz Eiben, Martijn Schut, Nivea Ferreira), Workshop on New Principles of Unbound Embodied Evolution (EvoBody), Malta, 22-24 September, 2010

- "Collective robotics: new underwater and bio-hybrid domains" (workshop organizer), The 7th Workshop on Collective & Swarm Robotics, 18 November, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 2010

- "Bio-hybrid tenchologies: security and trust in future", PerAda Workshop in Security, Trust and Privacy, Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy, 22-23 November 2010

- "Collective AI: from swarms to organisms", The ShanghAI Lectures 2010, University of Zurich, 2.12.2010 (agendalink on recorded video)



- "I Robot, Robotics on the edge of post-biological evolution", Polytechnical Museum Moskow, 7.12.2010 (link on recorded video)

- "Roboterorganismen: zwischen "bio-" und "techno-" " (speaker programme) , 20. Frankfurter Sonderkolloquium - Technik und Gesellschaft im Dialog am 27. Januar 2011, DECHEMA-Haus, Frankfurt, 2011

- “Ground, Underwater and Multicellular Robot Swarms: Challenges and Perspectives”, Conference on “Swarm Intelligence and Critical Behavior”, March 22 - 24, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, 2011

- „Roboterschwärme und Roboterorganismen: Verkörperte Künstliche Intelligenz zwischen "techno-" und "bio-", Informatik-Kolloquium an Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, 15 Februar 2011


- „Embodied Evolution: Challenges of embodiment", EvoBody Workshop II (workshop co-organizer), Mallorca, Spain, March 24-25 2011

- „Collective Intelligent Systems: from micro-robotic swarms and multicellular organisms to bio-/chemo- hybrids", Symposium “Intelligent Systems”, Max Plank Institute, Tübingen/Stuttgart, April 10 – 12, 2011

- “Chemo-ICT and microrobotics: achieving collective intelligence”, Workshop on Biological and Chemical Information Technologies (BioChemIT2011) at European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL11), program, August 8, Paris, 2011

- 31. “Self-awareness in Collective Systems”, Self-Awareness in Computing, workshop Birmingham, 27th June, 2011

- “Artificial Swarms and Multi-Robot Organisms: Learned Lessons from Last Ten Years” (keynote speaker), 2nd international conference on morphological computation (ICMC2011), program, 12-14 September 2011, Venice, Italy

- “Chemo-ICT and microrobotics: achieving collective intelligence”, Workshop on Biological and Chemical Information Technologies (BioChemIT2011) at European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL11), August 8, Paris, 2011.

- Consultation workshop "Living technology/Artificial systems/Embodied Evolution", organized by European Commission, Brussels 10/11/2011

- “Environmental- and Self-Awareness: Can a swarm recognize itself in a mirror?” Awareness Summer School, 10-16 June, 2012

Reviewing, membership and PCs:

- Member of the Program Committee of The 7th International Conference on Natural Computation The 8th International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery, Shanghai, China 26-28 July, 2011

- Member of the 1st Robot Football Club (1.RFC), Stuttgart

- Member of the Organazing Committee of International Workshop on Bio-inspired Robots, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, Nantes, FRANCE, April 6-8, 2011 (cfp)

- Member of the Program Committee of the 2nd PerAda Workshop on User-Centric Pervasive Adaptive Systems, UCPA 2010 (cfp)

- Member of the Program Committee of the 10th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotics Systems, DARS 2010

- Member of the Program Committee of the Second International Conference on Adaptive and Self-adaptive Systems and Applications, ADAPTIVE 2010

- Member of the Program Committee of the special session on "Bio-inspired Self-Organizing Multi-Agent Systems" on IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence 2010

- Member of the Program Committee of the Seventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, ANTS 2010

- Member of the Editorial Board on Special issue on swarm robotics, "Swarm Intelligence", 2008, (2) Introduction by Erol Sahin and Alan Winfield

- Member of the Program Committee of the First International Conference on Robot Communication and Coordination, ROBOCOMM 2006

- Reviewer of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

- Reviewer of European Commission, Unit “Cognitive Systems and Robotics”

- Reviewer of journals "IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering", "Computers in Industry", "Robotics and Autonomous Systems", "IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine", "International Journal of Robotics Research", "Mathematical and Computer Modelling of Dynamical Systems", "Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics"

- Reviewer of the ICRA2011, ANTS2010, IROS2010, ECAL 2009, IROS 2009, IROS 2007, IROS 2005, ICRA 2005, IAS08 2003, AI-2003 (IASTED)