Resources, Infrastructure Systems and built Environments

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Giuliano Punzo

Research Associate

Contact

g.punzo@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
Sheffield,
S1 3JD

Profile

Giuliano’s background is in the broad area of control theory and complex systems. After a degree in aerospace engineering, he briefly joined industry, before starting a PhD in swarm engineering, gaining it in 2013. Giuliano moved from few vehicles in formation to several autonomous agents and the field of swarm engineering. Later he expanded his interests to robotics, control theory, consensus and complexity. Giuliano first post-doctoral appointment was as teacher at the University of Glasgow, then as Research Associate at the University of Strathclyde and, finally again as Research Associate at the University of Sheffield.

Giuliano’s current commitment with The University of Sheffield is with ENCORE, the EPSRC funded Network+ to undertake the grand challenge of resilience in complex engineering systems. This includes infrastructures, socio-technical systems (e.g. cities) and the engineering of natural systems such as catchments and offshore energy systems. Within ENCORE, Giuliano’s role covers both management aspects and research. encorecomplexity.org

Recent activities and achievements

Journal articles:

Punzo, G., Simo, J., Bennet, D. J., & Macdonald, M. (2014). Characteristics of swarms on the edge of fragmentation. Physical Review E, 89(3).

doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.89.032903

Punzo, G., Karagiannakis, P., Bennet, D. J., Macdonald, M., & Weiss, S. (2014). Enabling and Exploiting Self-Similar Central Symmetry Formations. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 50(1), 689-703.

doi:10.1109/TAES.2013.120074

G. Punzo, E. W. McGookin. Engineering the Locusts. Modelling the Hind Leg Towards the Design of a Bio-Inspired Space Hopper. Proceedings of the IMechE, part K – Journal of Multibody Dynamics. January 8, 2016 

doi:10.1177/1464419315624852

Punzo, G., Young, G. F., Macdonald, M., & Leonard, N. E. (2016). Using Network Dynamical Influence to Drive Consensus. Scientific Reports, 6, 26318.

Ruaridh A. Clark, Giuliano Punzo, Charles N. MacLeod, Gordon Dobie, Rahul Summan, Gary Bolton, Stephen G. Pierce, Malcolm Macdonald, Autonomous and scalable control for remote inspection with multiple aerial vehicles, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Volume 87, January 2017, Pages 258-268

doi.org/10.1016/j.robot.2016.10.012

Conference proceedings:

Punzo, G., Bennet, D., & MacDonald, M. (2011). Enhancing self-similar patterns by asymmetric artificial potential functions in partially connected swarms. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) Vol. 6856 LNAI (pp. 390-391). doi:10.1007/978-3-642-23232-9_42

Karagiannakis, P., Weiss, S., Punzo, G., Macdonald, M., Bowman, J., & Stewart, R. W. (2013). Impact of a Purina fractal array geometry on beamforming performance and complexity. In European Signal Processing Conference.

Pierce, S. G., Punzo, G., Dobie, G., Summan, R., Macleod, C. N., McInnes, C., . . . Bennet, D. (2012). Reconfigurable robotic platforms for structural health monitoring. In Proceedings of the 6th European Workshop - Structural Health Monitoring 2012, EWSHM 2012 Vol. 2 (pp. 1187-1194).

Punzo, G., Dobie, G., Bennet, D. J., Jamieson, J., & Macdonald, M. (2012). Low-cost, multi-agent systems for planetary surface exploration. In Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC Vol. 11 (pp. 9244-9255).

Punzo, G. (2011). Fractal patterns in fractionated spacecraft. In 62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011 Vol. 11 (pp. 9034-9043).

Punzo, G., Bennet, D. J., & Macdonald, M. (2011). A fractally fractionated spacecraft. In 62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011 Vol. 9 (pp. 7147-7156).

Punzo., Macdonald, M., & Bennet, D. J. (2010). swarm shape manipulation through connection control. In TAROS 2010.

Clark, R. A., Punzo, G., Dobie, G., MacLeod, C. N., Summan, R., Pierce, G., . . . Bolton, G. (2015). 3D Model Generation using an Airborne Swarm. In 41ST ANNUAL REVIEW OF PROGRESS IN QUANTITATIVE NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, VOL 34 Vol. 1650 (pp. 1460-1467). doi:10.1063/1.4914763

Research project(s)

ENCORE Network +

The E ngineering C omplexity R esilience N etwork plus Complexity Science is…. … the scientific study of complex systems , systems with many parts that interact to produce global behaviour that cannot easily be explained in terms of interactions between the individual constituent elements. Complex systems include IT networks,...

Publication(s)

(2017). Autonomous and scalable control for remote inspection with multiple aerial vehicles. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 87 (9), pp. 258-268. (Full Text)., Abstract: © 2016 Elsevier B.V.A novel approach to the autonomous generation of trajectories for multiple aerial vehicles is presented, whereby an artificial kinematic field provides autonomous control in a distributed and highly scalable manner. The kinematic field is generated relative to a central target...
Ant Parsons, Dr Jonathan Pearson, Prof Martin Mayfield, Dr Giuliano Punzo, Dr. Phil Collins, Dr Geoff Brighty, Dr. Giovanni Cuomo, Simon Jeavons (2017). Flood Resilience: Consolidating Knowledge Between and Within Critical Infrastructure Sectors, (Full Text)., Abstract: Flood resilience has been rising up the political, economic and social agenda’s over the last 12+ years with events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and repeat flooding in the UK hitting the headlines. The UNDP estimates that the global cost of natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis and...
Ant Parsons, Dr Jonathan Pearson, Prof Martin Mayfield, Dr Giuliano Punzo, Dr. Phil Collins, Dr Geoff Brighty, Dr. Giovanni Cuomo, Simon Jeavons (2017). Flood Resilience: Consolidating Knowledge Between and Within Critical Infrastructure Sectors, (Full Text)., Abstract: Flood resilience has been rising up the political, economic and social agenda’s over the last 12+ years with events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and repeat flooding in the UK hitting the headlines. The UNDP estimates that the global cost of natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis and...
(2016). Engineering the locusts: Hind leg modelling towards the design of a bio-inspired space hopper. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part K-Journal of Multi-Body Dynamics, 230 (4), pp. 455-468. (Full Text).
(2016). Using Network Dynamical Influence to Drive Consensus. Scientific Reports, 6 (3), pp. 26318-26318. (Full Text).
(2016). Consensus speed maximisation in engineered swarms with autocratic leaders. In ACM International Conference Proceeding Series.
(2016). Consensus speed optimisation with finite leadership perturbation in k-nearest neighbour networks. In 2016 IEEE 55th Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2016 (pp. 879-884).
(2015). 3D Model Generation using an Airborne Swarm. In 41ST ANNUAL REVIEW OF PROGRESS IN QUANTITATIVE NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, VOL 34 (pp. 1460-1467).
(2014). Characteristics of swarms on the edge of fragmentation. Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 89 (3).
(2014). Enabling and Exploiting Self-Similar Central Symmetry Formations. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 50 (1), pp. 689-703.

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