I was born in Malta - a small and sunny European island in the middle of the Mediterranean. I did my bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Malta (yes, it's the only one there) between 2005 and 2009. Right after that I moved to Sheffield, England, to do a master's in control systems engineering at the University of Sheffield, which I finished in 2010. I stayed on in Sheffield for my Ph.D., working in the Natural Robotics Lab led by my advisor Dr. Roderich Groß; my second advisor was Prof. Tony J. Dodd. My main Ph.D. research was in swarm robotic systems with minimal information processing. I demonstrated that meaningful self-organizing behaviors, such as robot aggregation and object clustering, can robustly emerge from extremely restricted sensing modes and processing capabilities (e.g. single-pixel sensor; no memory and no arithmetic computations). I validated these algorithms on swarms of up to 50 physical e-puck robots. In addition to this research, I also collaborated with colleagues on other projects: segregation based on the Brazil nut effect; cooperative transport; co-evolutionary learning of agent behaviors through interaction and without metrics. After graduating from my Ph.D. in 2014, I moved to the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, where I'm working, in Prof. Radhika Nagpal's Self-Organized Systems Research Group.