Team members

The team is currently composed of three PI's, one post-doctoral researcher and three PhD students.

PI's

Julien Hendrickx

Prof. Julien Hendrickx is an expert in the analysis and the control of collaborative and multi-agent systems and has recently developed an interest on learning issues. In Revealflight, he will work mainly on the analysis of the birds’ collaborative schemes, on the the development of the multi-agent model and on the flight control. More detail can be found at https://perso.uclouvain.be/julien.hendrickx/.

Philippe Chatelain

Prof. Philippe Chatelain is an expert in the Large Eddy Simulation of wake flows using a high performance variant of Vortex Methods. In RevealFlight, he applies this methodology, together with coarse aerodynamical models such as lifting lines and vortex lattice models to produce realistic flight aerodynamics and predict bird and flock wakes up to large distances. More detail can be found at https://perso.uclouvain.be/philippe.chatelain/

Renaud Ronsse

Prof. Renaud Ronsse is working in the fields of biomechanics, assistive/medical robotics, and humanoid and animaloid robotics. He is interested in the transfer of principles governing neural control of human movements into human-centered robotics. His main application fields are bio-inspired assistive and rehabilitation robotics, mainly for the lower-limb, and humanoid robotics. More recently, he started collaborative projects - like this one - to unveil the efficiency optimization mechanisms deployed by biological swimmers and flyers. More detail can be found at https://perso.uclouvain.be/renaud.ronsse/

Post doctoral members

Gennaro Vitucci

Dr. Gennaro Vitucci has a background in computational science, analytical modelling and theoretical mechanics. His research activity within the project locates at the interface between fluid mechanics, biomechanics and multi-agent systems. Specifically, he is developing reductionist models for aerial locomotion which can be used in simulations of flocks which self-organize during long-range migrations.

PhD students

Victor Colognesi

Victor Colognesi is working on the numerical simulation of bird flight. The flight kinematics is obtained via an optimization of the bird’s movement in order to reach an optimal flight regime considering both biomechanical and aerodynamic factors. This study will lead to a deeper understanding of the principles underlying avian flight and might lead to the discovering of flight regimes different from those of actual birds, if we use different mechanical properties for the compliance and actuation of the skeleton.

Gianmarco Ducci

Gianmarco Ducci received his Master's Degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Pisa. He joined RevealFlight in September 2018 as a PhD student of UCLouvain.
His research area is focused on the dynamics of flapping flight. More specifically, he has been developing a model aimed both to asses stability of flyers and to detect the trim configurations depending on the wing kinematics.

Farhad Mehdifar

Farhad Mehdifar obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Control Engineering from University of Tabriz, Iran, in 2015 and 2018, respectively. His work focuses on analysis and control of efficient formation flight in birds’ flocks taking into account aerodynamic factors for reproducing the migratory birds’ collaborative behaviors from first principles (energy optimization, fluid dynamics, and social interactions at the group level). To this end, he will analyze and design controllers for a multi-agent system with flow-mediated inter-agent interactions leading to efficient formation shapes helping birds to fly longer distances.  Designed controllers should be consistent with animal behavior, and evolutionary biology without too many abstractions. Two important questions regarding his research are: (i) How formations emerge from the collaboration between flyers optimizing their efficiency. (ii) Which kind of and how much collaboration and reciprocation is required among birds to approach an optimally efficient flight.