I am an Assistant Professor at the Agents Interaction and Complexity Group, Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. Prior to Southampton I was a recipient of the prestigious Marie Curie research fellow award and hosted at the University of York. This followed previous research fellow appointments at the UPMC (France), Gulbenkian Institute of Science (Portugal), Institute for Systems and Robotics (Portugal), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland), and University of Lausanne (Switzerland) where I obtained my doctoral degree in Life Science. I have a Masters degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
Through the development and application of theoretical models, agent-based models, multi-scale stochastic simulations, and the physical instantiation of biological models in robots, I have addressed a diverse range of important problems in, task allocation and division of labor in large-scale multiagent systems, immunological maintenance of self-tolerance in the adaptive immune system, and fault-detection and fault-tolerance in both single-robot systems and large-scale robot swarms. Research on resilient robots that I have collaborated on has been featured on the front cover of the Nature magazine and received widespread media coverage. The work was covered by around 40 news outlets (including BBC News, CBC, Washington Post, The Guardian, The New York Times, and BBC Radio), and by over 15 science and technology blogs (including IEEE Spectrum, CNET, Science/AAAS, Phys.org, Tech Times, Wired.co.uk and Robotics Trends). The accompanying videos demonstrating robot damage recovery received over 225k views on YouTube.