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Olivier Michel is the CEO of Cyberbotics, a software company specialized in mobile robots simulation which he founded in 1998. From 2003 to March 2005, he conducted research at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in the Biologically Inspired Robotics Group (BIRG) and in the Swarm-Intelligent Systems Research Group.Michel graduated as an engineer from the Universite de Technologie de Compiegne in 1993 with a specialty in computer science and also received a DEA (diplome des études appliques) in systems control. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science in 1996 from the University of Nice. He is the author of Webots: Professional Mobile Robot Simulation and An Artificial Life Approach for the Synthesis of Autonomous Agents. He coauthored Vision Sensors on the Webots Simulator and Artificial Neurogenesis: An application to Autonomous Robotics.