University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Gerardo Beni

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Gerardo Beni

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Gerardo Beni

Ph.D. Physics
University of California, Los Angeles, 1974

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering                                                            321 Winston Chung Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-6317
Facsimile: 951-827-2425
Personal Webpage

Former Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara


Professor Gerardo Beni -- Laurea in Physics (1970), Universita' di Firenze, Italy; Ph.D. in Physics (1974) University of California, Los Angeles. Fellow, American Physical Society (1982); Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1999). Who's Who in America (1988); Who's Who in the World (1992) Co-founder, co-director of the NSF Center for Robotic Systems in Microelectronics , UC Santa Barbara (1985-1990). Co-founder, director “Journal of Robotic Systems”, John Wiley, (1982-2005). Member of Editorial Board “Swarm Intelligence”.


  • Laurea Physics 1970 Universita'di Firenze, Florence, Italy
  • Ph.D. Physics 1974 University of California Los Angeles


  • Fellow, American Physical Society (APS), 1982
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1999
  • Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories, 1983
  • Journal of the Year award for Journal of Robotic Systems, 1984
  • Listed in Who's Who in America, since 1988
  • Who's Who in the World, since 1992

Research Areas

  1. Swarm Intelligence, Distributed Robotic Systems
  2. Financial Engineering
  3. Multimedia (3D animation) for education technology

Recent Results

Order by disordered action in swarms. Proof that swarms, converge to fixed points basically whenever synchronous or sequential convergence occurs; convergence in cases when synchronous and/or sequential updating does not. Cellular Automata methods for financial market models. Bubble formation and burst models. Development of translation from English into Sign Language by 3D-computer animation with application to teaching of mathematics. KUI (Keyboard User Interface) method of hand gesture and facial expression control in 3D simulations.

Selected Publications

Swarm Intelligence

  • G. Beni “Swarm Intelligence” , in Encyclopaedia of Complexity and Applied System Science – Springer-Verlag (2009)
  • G. Beni, ''From Swarm Intelligence to Swarm Robotics: Swarm Robotics,'' March, Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Revised Selected Papers, SAB 2004 International Workshop, Santa Monica, CA, USA, July 17, 2004, 3342, Springer-Verlag, E. Sahin, W.M. Spear (Eds.), 1-9, 2004.
  • G. Beni, ''Order by Disordered Action in Swarms,'' March, Lecture Notes in Computer Science: SAB 2004 International Workshop, Santa Monica, CA, USA, July 17, 2004, Revised Selected Papers, 3342, Springer-Verlag, E. Sahin, W.M. Spear (Eds.), 153-171, 2004.

Financial Engineering

  • Y. Gao and G. Beni, “Price fluctuations in Market Models with Heterogeneous Trading Strategies”, Proc. Financial Engineering and Applications (FEA 2007) Berkeley, CA, Sept 24-26, 2007.
  • Y.Gao and G.Beni, “Model of Heterogeneous market with intrinsic randomness”, Information Science 2007, pp 522-528

Multimedia/ Computer Animation

  • G. Beni, N. Adamo-Villani, ''Semantic Intensity: a measure of visual relevance,'' Journal of Information, 9, 3, 437-468, 2005
  • N. Adamo-Villani and G. Beni, (2006). "Sign Language subtitling by highly comprehensible 'semantroids'. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 61-87.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

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