My research interests fall into the interdisciplinary domain of bio-inspired robotics and computational intelligence. I draw inspiration from nature to design control mechanisms to allow artificial agents to operate in a complex environment and to learn from their experience in an autonomous way. The objective of my research work is two-fold. On the one hand, my aim is to engineer autonomous adaptive systems by designing control mechanisms underpinning complex behavioural, social, cognitive, and communication capabilities. On the other hand, I design computational and robotics models of complex behavioural and cognitive skills to generate new and alternative hypotheses concerning the operational principles of cognition and learning in natural organisms.