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[About me]

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I was born in eastern Slovakia on 26th June 1988 where I attended an academically oriented grammar school for 8 years. I was interested in creating computer software since I was a child and I started with simple games and short cartoons in Power Point. Discovering Flash 5 and ActionScript when I was 14 was a great marvel to me since I saw an opportunity to finally make 'real stuff'. Soon afterwards I made a few demos and became a developer and administrator of my school web site. I stayed in Slovakia until the age of 18 when I was accepted at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton, UK after passing an English test.

I started studying Computer Graphics since I had no clear career path in my mind. We had some programming in Pascal at my high school and it was the only thing I could do right anyways (well probably apart from drawing and playing guitar which didn't seem that promising as a career).

After the first year at the University I realised that programming interested me much more than graphics, so I decided to change my course to Computer Games Development. Two exciting years followed when I created a couple of 2D and 3D games as my course assignments, some of them in teams with my classmates.

I also got a job through the University career centre as a freelance Flash developer for New Generation Web sites, a company from St. Albans. I am very grateful to Jan and Tony who helped me to become a professional in this field. I continued my freelance web site and application development with NGW and other companies for about 4 years. Early in 2009 I created brand RedCrystal Studios and added iPhone development to my repertoire.

It was only at the beginning of the 3rd year of my undergraduate studies that I decided to precede with studying and specialise in AI. My undergraduate project was a game called Alien Farm that borrowed some ideas from strategy games and A-life simulations. It was a great success amongst my peers as well as academic staff and my first real debut in the field of artificial intelligence. I finished my undergraduate with First Class BSc Hons in Games Development.

In summer 2009 I got accepted at the University of Sussex for an MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems and I moved to Brighton. Early in 2010 I was also employed by a local software development company Encore that later became a part of worldwide group Edelman Digital. The work was very programming-and research- heavy and I had an opportunity to learn from senior developers and to extend my knowledge of ActionScript, Java, PHP, Objective-C and other languages. I left the company in summer 2011 and started working from home for Hurst MailAgent, which gave me an opportunity to concentrate better on finishing my masters dissertation.

I set out to explore properties and usefulness of ultrastability in a robot controller that used hormones as a function-based action selection mechanism, which reflected my growing interested in biologically inspired parallel computing that I acquired at Sussex. I left Sussex with MSc with Distinction and took a gap year before continuing to my PhD in Simulation of Complex Systems at the University of Southampton.

After receiving my PhD, with thesis title "Design Patterns for Robot Swarms", I obtained a year-long funding from the University of Southampton, which allowed me to continue my work with robot swarms at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. While there, I also joined the Robotics for Nuclear Environments project. Early in 2018, I became a Research Associate in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Bristol, working on the Thales-Bristol Partnership in Hybrid Autonomous Systems Engineering (T-B PHASE) project.

pyCreeper

The main purpose of pyCreeper is to wrap tens of lines of python code, required to produce graphs that look good for a publication, into functions. It takes away your need to understand various quirks of matplotlib and gives you back ready-to-use and well-documented code.

Novelty detection with robots using the Grow-When-Required Neural Network

The Grow-When-Required Neural Network implementation in simulated robot experiments using the ARGoS robot simulator.

Fast Data Analysis Using C++ and Python

C++ code that processes data and makes it available to Python, significantly improving the execution speed.

Designing Robot Swarms

This project looks at the challenges involved in modeling, understanding and designing of multi-robot systems.

Robustness in Foraging E-puck Swarms Through Recruitment

Swarms of five e-puck robots are used in a semi-virtual environment, facilitated by the VICON positioning system. Recruitment can make swarms more robust to noise in robot global positioning data.