Pawel Chodkiewicz has a bachelor’s degree in physics and computer techniques and a master’s degree in informatics obtained from the University of Bialystok, Poland. Presently he is a Ph.D. student at the Warsaw University of Technology. His scientific interests are in smart materials and structures. His current research efforts are mostly focused on the modelling of Vacuum Packed Particles structures, but he also contributes to the programmable matter project at IPPT PAN. His main activities in the PM project are the development of distributed algorithms for modular robots and carrying out necessary software adjustments to perform computer simulations (extensions of the Yade DEM open-source discrete element method system, and, recently, also Visible Sim).