Grégoire Danoy

Grégoire Danoy

Research Scientist

University of Luxembourg

Dr. Grégoire Danoy is a Research Scientist at the University of Luxembourg (UL) and Deputy-Head of the Parallel Computing and Optimisation Group (PCOG).

His current research interests include artificial intelligence techniques applied to unmanned autonomous systems (e.g., drones), satellite communications, vehicular networks, bioinformatics, high-performance and cloud computing.


  • Artificial Intelligence,
  • Metaheuristics,
  • Unmanned Autonomous Systems,
  • Smart Cities


  • PhD in Computer Science, 2008

    Ecole des Mines of Saint-Etienne, France

  • Master in Computer Science, 2004

    Ecole des Mines of Saint-Etienne, France

  • Industrial Engineer degree in Computer Science, 2003

    Luxembourg University of Applied Sciences (IST)



Deputy Head of the PCOG

SnT, University of Luxembourg

Jan 2020 – Present Luxembourg
Co-direction of the Parallel Computing and Optimisation Group - 20 researchers and engineers

Research Scientist

SnT, University of Luxembourg

Jan 2011 – Present Luxembourg
  • Research in Artificial Intelligence, Optimisation, Smart Cities, Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles.
  • Research and technology transfer funding acquisition: FNR (Luxembourg), EDA (EU), ONRG (USA)
  • Project management: PI and work package leader
  • Supervision of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers
  • Organisation of international scientific conferences and workshops
  • Reviewer for international scientific conferences, journals and research agencies
  • Teaching smart cities and optimisation at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels (academic and professional audience)
  • Several invited talks on Smart Cities (ISACA Luxembourg, World Standards Day, ILNAS Breakfasts)
  • Co-authoring of a book on “Evolutionary algorithms for mobile ad hoc networks”

Research Associate

FSTC-CSC, University of Luxembourg

Aug 2008 – Jan 2010 Luxembourg
* Research in Artificial Intelligence, Optimisation, Smart Cities, Vehicular Networks
* Research funding acquisition: FNR (Luxembourg), Eureka-Celtic (EU)
* Project management: Work package and task leader
* Daily advisory to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers
* Reviewer for international scientific conferences and journals
* Teaching optimisation at Bachelor and Master levels

Research Assistant

FSTC-CSC, University of Luxembourg

Aug 2008 – Jan 2010 Luxembourg
  * Initiator/Leader of the Dafo project, a distributed multi-agent framework for business problems optimisation
  * Teaching UML and algorithmics at Bachelor and Master levels


Research Projects



Technology Transfer Projects



  • 2018 - US Navy (Office of Naval Research Global - ONRG)
  • 2017 - IEEE CybConf: Best Paper Award.
  • 2016 - ACM GECCO : Best Paper Nomination.
  • 2009 - ACM GECCO : Best Paper Nomination.
  • 2003 - Prize of the Revue technique Luxembourgeoise of the ALIAI (Association Luxembourgeoise des Ingénieurs, Architectes et Industriels).


Past and current teaching activities at University of Luxembourg

  • Bachelor Semester Project, Robotics Programming, BICS, University of Luxembourg (2017-Present).
  • Smart Cities, Smart ICT Certificate, ILNAS/University of Luxembourg, (2016, 2018).
  • Smart Cities, Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Luxembourg (2016-2017).
  • Optimisation Techniques, Master 2, University of Luxembourg (2008-Present).
  • Analysis and Design using UML, Bachelor 2, University of Luxembourg (2006-2009).
  • Evolutionary Computing, Master 2, University of Luxembourg (2005-2008).
  • Advanced Algorithmics, Bachelor 2, University of Luxembourg (2004-2008).

Students Supervision

PhD level


  • Gabriel Duflo, University of Luxembourg, Automated design of drone swarming algorithms (2019 - )
  • Nader Samir Labib, University of Luxembourg, Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management With Distributed Decision Making, (with the ILNAS) (2017 - )

Daily Advisor

  • Ayman Makki, Optimisation of giant deep neural networks (2020 - )
  • Antonio Fiscarelli, Digital History and Hermeneutics (with the C2DH) (2016 - )
  • Boonyarit Changaival, Evolutionary clustering of biological knowledge, (2016 - 2019)
  • Emmanuel Kieffer, Bi-level optimisation algorithms (2015 - 2019)
  • Sune S. Nielsen, Diversity Preserving Genetic Algorithms - Application to the Inverted Folding Problem and Analogous Formulated Benchmarks (with the LCSB) (2011 - 2016)
  • Agata Grzybek, Community-based vehicular networks for traffic information systems (2011 - 2015)
  • Mateusz Guzek, Holistic, Autonomic, and Energy-aware Resource Allocation in Cloud Computing (PPP with Tri-ICT) (2011 - 2014)
  • Apostolos Stathakis, Satellite payload reconfiguration optimization (PPP with SES S.A.) (2010 - 2014)
  • Patricia Ruiz, Efficient communication protocols for ad hoc networks (2009 - 2013)

Students Supervision

Master & Bachelor level

Bachelor Level

  • 2018 - Youri Falomir, INP Bordeaux, France - Usage of Hololens for the control of UAVs

Master level

  • 2020 - Raphaël Duflo, Normandy University, France - Development of an Android Ground Control Station interface for UAV swarms.
  • 2018 - Matthieu Vuillez, Univerity of Lorraine, France - Evolutionary Game theory for UAV swarming
  • 2018 - Gabriel Duflo, Normandy INSA Rouen, France - Hyper-heuristics for the automatic generation of UAV swarming behaviors
  • 2015 - Abdeslam Bourkane, University of Luxembourg - Study of Satellite Communication Channels and The Effect of the Atmospheric Attenuation (with SES S.A.)
  • 2014 - Emmanuel Kieffer, Univerity of Lorraine, France - Multi-objective Satellite Payload Optimization (with SES S.A.)
  • 2013 - Luke Scott, University of Luxembourg - A method for coordinating unrelated space-time topologies in multi-agent, multi-scale simulations (with the BC3 research centre, Spain)

PhD Boards

Participation to PhD Boards

  • 2017 - Esteban López Camacho, University of Malaga, Spain - Reviewer
  • 2017 - Santiago Iturriaga, Universidad de La Republica, Uruguay - Reviewer
  • 2017 - Jean-Thomas Camino, LAAS, Toulouse, France - Jury Member
  • 2017 - Anh Quan Nguyen, University of Luxembourg - Jury Member
  • 2015 - Juan Jose Palacios Alonso, University of Oviedo, Spain - Jury Member
  • 2010 - Apivadee Piyatumrong, University of Luxembourg - Jury Member

Recent Publications

Tackling Large-Scale and Combinatorial Bi-Level Problems With a Genetic Programming Hyper-Heuristic

Competitive Evolution of a UAV Swarm for Improving Intruder Detection Rates

A vertex-similarity clustering algorithm for community detection

Automated design of efficient swarming behaviours: a Q-learning hyper-heuristic approach