Personal details

Nationality: Malta >> view Photos
Town where I grew up: Qormi
Lived in: Sep 2007 – Sep 2008, London (UK)
Oct 2008 – Feb 2015, Groningen (the Netherlands)
Marital status: Married to Charmaine Borg and father of two daughters
Responsible For: Okker, a Chow Chow ginger smooth hair dog. [Photos]

Academic qualifications

Apr 2013 – PhD cum laude Computer Science

Sep 2008 – MSc Advanced Methods in Computer Science

Sep 2006 – BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Systems

Previous work experience

  • Mar 2015 – Oct 2017
    • Lecturer at the AI department, ICT Faculty, University of Malta
  • Oct 2012 – Feb 2015
    • Research innovator at TNO, Groningen
  • Apr 2001 – Sep 2012
    • I joined the Department of Information Technology and Systems Development in Bank of Valletta, which is one of the major Banks in Malta. I spent more than 6 years as a software developer where I had the opportunity to gain experience with cutting edge technology for the implementation of banking applications that involve financial transactions. In August 2007, the Bank granted me long study leave in order to pursue MSc and PhD studies.
  • May 2004 – Apr 2007
    • I was a scientific SAP developer on part-time basis with Iteanova. During this time I gained experience with the developing various scientific algorithms, such as a genetic algorithm to optimize scheduling of a manufacturing company.



Apr 2013 PhD cum laude Trainable Filter Approach to Visual Pattern Recognition, University of Groningen.
In the Netherlands, the award cum laude is given to less than 5% of the candidates.
Jan 2009 MSc Advanced Methods in Computer Science, Queen Mary, University of London.
Graduted with distinction and ranked first in the Computer Science Masters degrees
May 2008 Awarded a PhD scholarship by Prof. Dr. Nicolai Petkov from University of Groningen for PhD studies
Aug 2007 Awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the Maltese Government (MGSS) for MSc studies
Mar 2007 BSc (Hons) Computing & Information Systems, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Graduated with first class and received an academic award for overall performance


Places that I have visited

Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Groningen, the Netherlands