René Doursat
 PhD, Habil.

Professor of Complex Systems,
   Co-director, Informatics Research Centre,
   School of Computing, Math & Digit Tech,
   Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Research Affiliate, BioEmergences Lab,
   CNRS (USR3695), Gif s/Yvette, France

Steering Committee & Fmr. Director,
   Complex Systems Institute, Paris (ISC)

Board of Directors (Officer), International
   Society for Artificial Life (ISAL)



Growing Adaptive

Springer 2014

Springer 2012

Peter Lang 2011
Edited Proceedings

Artificial Life
ALife'14, ECAL'15

MITPress 2014,2015
Evolution. Comp.
GECCO'12, '13

ACM 2012,2013
Artificial Life

MITPress 2011
Swarm Intell.

Springer 2010
IT Revolutions

Springer 2009

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I am a Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, doing research at the interface between computer science and complex systems. My focus is on computational biology and bio-inspired computing, and their mutual links. I studied physics at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris and completed my PhD in 1991 in neural networks and cognitive science. After postdocs in Germany and France, and a detour through the software industry of the San Francisco Bay Area, I returned to academia in 2004, first as a Visiting Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, then in 2006 as a Research Scientist at the Complex Systems Institute, Paris (which I directed for two years) and a Guest Lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. In 2012, I moved to the Washington DC area, where I was formally affiliated with Drexel University and taught at the Catholic University of America, then went back to France in 2014 on a research position at CNRS, before coming to Manchester in 2016. Bio →
Research in Complex Systems
Theoretical &

Evolution & Ecology


& Bioengineering

Morphogenetic Engineering

Neural Computation

Genetic Programming
Recent publications   More →
• May 2015
Faure, E. et al. (2015) A workflow to process 3D+time microscopy images of developing organisms and reconstruct their cell lineage. Nature Communications. In press.
• May 2015 PAPER
Varenne, F., Chaigneau, P., Petitot, P. & Doursat, R. (2015) Programming the emergence in morphogenetically architected complex systems. Acta Biotheoretica 63(3): 295-308.
• June 2014 PAPER
Doursat, R. & Sánchez, C. (2014) Growing fine-grained multicellular robots. Soft Robotics 1(2): 110-121.
• June 2014 PAPER
Castro-González et al. (2014) A digital framework to build, visualize and analyze a gene expression atlas... PLoS Comp Biol 10(6): e1003670.
• December 2013 CHAPTER
Delile, J., Doursat, R. & Peyriéras, N. (2013) Computational modeling and simulation of animal embryogenesis... In Computational Systems Biology, 2nd ed: pp. 359-405. Acad. Press.
• November 2013 PAPER
Doursat, R., Sayama, H. & Michel, O. (2013) A review of morphogenetic engineering. Natural Computing 12(2): 517-535.