Bio-Inspired Robotics Control (BIRC) Research Group

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The Bio-Inspired Robotics Control (BIRC) research group mission is to create robust and effective autonomous robotic systems by designing control mechanisms underpinning complex behavioural competencies for single and multi-robot systems capable of operating in “unconstrained environment”.  The group carrying out research that falls into the interdisciplinary domain of bio-inspired robotics and computational intelligence. The BRIC research group has international collaboration with world leading researchers. The BRIC is a growing group in Computer Science Department, University of Kerbala.

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Research Areas

  • Swarm Robotics and Multi-robot systems
  • Evolutionary Robotics
  • Cooperative transport
  • Collective learning
  • Autonomous robot navigation
  • Convolutional Neural Networks


  • Muhanad H.M. Alkilabi
  • Hayder Abdulameer Marhoon
  • Ammar A. Altameemi
  • Ahmed Salih AlTememe
  • Rand AbdulWahid Albeer
  • Ali M. Alnasrawi
  • Rafeef Fauzi Najim Al-Shammari
  • Sohir Noori
  • Zahraa Najm Abdullah


Papers in Peer-reviewed International Journals:

2018 : 

  • Elio Tuci, Muhanad H.M. Alkilabi, and Otar Akanyeti. “Cooperative Object Transport in Multi-robot Systems: A Review of the State-of-the-Art”. To appear in Frontier on Robotic and AI Journal (accepted subject to minor corrections).


  • Aparajit Narayan, Frederic Labrosse, Elio Tuci, and Muhanad H.M. Alkilabi. “A Dynamic Color Perception System for Autonomous Driving in Unmarked Roads”, Neurocomputing Journal, In press, Nov 2017. DOI: 1016/j.neucom.2017.11.008.
  • Muhanad H.M. Alkilabi, Aparajit Narayan, and Elio Tuci. “Cooperative object transport with a swarm of e-puck robots: robustness and scalability of evolved collective strategies”. Swarm Intelligence Journal (Springer), pp 185–209, Dec 2017, Volume 11, Issue 3–4, ISSN 1935-3820. DOI: 10.1007/s11721-017-0135-8.

Papers in Peer-reviewed International Conferences:


  • Muhanad H.M. Alkilabi and Elio Tuci. “Odometry in swarms of e-puck robots cooperatively transporting a heavy object”. In C. Knabbe et. al., editor, The 14th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL), Lyon, France, Late breaking abstract pages 15-16, Sept 2017. In Press.
  • Aparajit Narayan, Elio Tuci, Frederic Labrosse and Muhanad H. M Alkilabi. “Road detection using convolutional neural networks”. In C. Knabbe et. al., editor, Proceedings of The 14th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL), Lyon, France, pages 314 – 321, MIT, Sept 2017.

2016 :

  • Muhanad H.M. Alkilabi, A. Narayan, C. Lu, and E. Tuci. “Evolving group  transport strategies for e-puck robots: moving objects towards a target area”.  In R. Gross et. al., editor, Proceedings of the International Symposium on  Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS), London, UK, Springer STAR, Nov 2016.
  • Muhanad H.M. Alkilabi, A. Narayan, and E. Tuci. “Design and analysis of  proximate mechanisms for cooperative transport in real robots”. In M. Dorigo  et. al., editors, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ANTS), Brussels, Belgium, pages 101–112. Springer, Sept 2016.

2015 :

  • Muhanad H.M. Alkilabi, C. Lu, and E. Tuci. Cooperative object transport  using evolu- tionary swarm robotics methods. In P. Andrews, L. Caves, R.  Doursat, S. Hick- inbotham, F. Polack, S. Stepney, T. Taylor, and J. Timmis,  editors, Proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL), York, UK, pages 464–471. MIT, July 2015.