Francesco Leofante

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Email
leofante at cs.rwth-aachen.de
Phone
+49 241 80 21243
Address
Room 4228
Ahornstraße 55
D-52074 Aachen

I am currently working towards my Ph.D. in Computer Science under the supervision of Prof. Erika Ábrahám and Prof. Armando Tacchella.

Research

Adaptive robotic systems are becoming more and more prevalent in our society. In order for these systems to be adopted in everyday life they must be deemed safe, however, adaptivity and safety are two conflicting propositions.
Safety can be easily increased by limiting automatic reconfiguration, while changing internal parameters during operation may yield unsafe control policies.
The vision behind my research is that the trade-off between safety and adaptivity could be reduced substantially by resorting to model-based design techniques and formal methods.
The research question is thus whether verification techniques conceived for non-adaptive systems, can be borrowed and/or extended to verify real-world robotic systems.

Projects

I am currently involved in the following project(s):

You can  also find  me on DBLP and Google Scholar.

Publications

2017
DownloadTim Niemueller, Gerhard Lakemeyer, Francesco Leofante, Erika Abraham. Towards CLIPS-based Task Execution and Monitoring with SMT-based Planning and Optimization. 5th Workshop on Planning and Robotics at ICAPS, , 2017.
Francesco Leofante, Erika Abraham, Tim Niemueller, Gerhard Lakemeyer, Armando Tacchella. On the Synthesis of Guaranteed-Quality Plans for Robot Fleets in Logistics Scenarios via Optimization Modulo Theories. 2017 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, IRI 2017, San Diego, CA, USA, August 4-6, 2017, pages 403–410, , 2017.
2016
DOIFrancesco Leofante, Simone Vuotto, Erika Abraham, Armando Tacchella, Nils Jansen. Combining Static and Runtime Methods to Achieve Safe Standing-Up for Humanoid Robots. Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods, Verification and Validation: Foundational Techniques, Part I, Volume 9952 of LNCS, pages 496-514, Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DOIFrancesco Leofante, Armando Tacchella. Learning in Physical Domains: Mating Safety Requirements and Costly Sampling. AI*IA 2016: Advances in Artificial Intelligence - XVth International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence, Genova, Italy, November 29 - December 1, 2016, Proceedings, Volume 10037 of LNCS, pages 539–552, Springer, 2016.
Francesco Leofante, Luca Pulina, Armando Tacchella. Learning with Safety Requirements: State of the Art and Open Questions. Proceedings of the 23rd RCRA International Workshop on Experimental Evaluation of Algorithms for Solving Problems with Combinatorial Explosion 2016 (RCRA 2016) A workshop of the XV International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial, Volume 1745 of CEUR Workshop Proceedings, pages 11–25, CEUR-WS.org, 2016.
Nicolò Arnaldi, Chiara Barone, Franco Fusco, Francesco Leofante, Armando Tacchella. Autonomous Driving and Undergraduates: an Affordable Setup for Teaching Robotics. Proceedings of the 3rd Italian Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics - A workshop of the XV International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence, AIRO@AI*IA 2016, Genova, Italy, November 28, 2016., Volume 1834 of CEUR Workshop Proceedings, pages 5–9, CEUR-WS.org, 2016.
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Selected Talks

2017
DownloadFrancesco Leofante. Are you doing what I think you are doing? Robust AI via Verification, Monitoring and Repair, Invited talk at PUMA research training group at Chair for Foundations of Software Reliability and Theoretical Computer Science, Technical University of Munich, Germany, 2017.
DownloadFrancesco Leofante. Optimizing the Performance of Robot Fleets in Production Logistics Scenarios Using SMT Solving, ICT Foundations of Digitized Industry, Economy, and Society Workshop at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, 2017.
DownloadFrancesco Leofante. On the Synthesis of Guaranteed-Quality Plans for Robot Fleets in Logistics Scenarios via Optimization Modulo Theories, Talk at 18th IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, San Diego, USA, 2017.
2016
DownloadErika Abraham, Francesco Leofante. Combining Static and Runtime Methods to Achieve Safe Standing-Up for Humanoid Robots, Invited talk at the 7th International Symposium on Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods (ISoLA'16), Verification and Validation, Corfu, Greece, 2016.