Payam Zahadat received her Master and PhD degrees in Artificial Intelligence (Computer Science and Engineering) from Shiraz University, Iran in 2005 and 2011 respectively. For a duration of one year (2009-2010) during her PhD, she worked as a research assistant at the Modular Robotics Lab, the Maersk McKinney Moller Institute, University of Southern Denmark. She has currently a postdoc position at the Artificial Life Lab of the Department of Zoology, University of Graz, and works in the EU-funded project florarobotica. During the last years, she has worked in the EU-funded projects ASSISIbf, CoCoRo, SYMBRION and REPLICATOR. Her research interests include both theoretical studies and applications in the field of swarm/multi-modular robotics and systems, self-organization, evolutionary algorithms and evolutionary robotics, and gene regulatory networks.