René Doursat
 Ph.D. Habil.

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

Research Scientist & Fmr. Director,
   Complex Systems Institute, Paris, France

Co-Founder & Guest Lecturer, Complex
   Systems Master's, Ecole Polytechnique

Research Associate Professor, School of
   Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University

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



Growing Adaptive

Springer 2014

Springer 2012

Peter Lang 2011
Edited Proceedings

Artificial Life

MITPress 2014 2011
Evolutionary Comp.
GECCO 2013, 2012

ACM 2013 2012
Swarm Intelligence
ANTS 2010

Springer 2010
IT Revolutions
ICST 2008

Springer 2009

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Welcome to René's home page
I am a researcher and lecturer at the interface between computer science and biomedical engineering, focusing on computational biology and bio-inspired computing. After a detour through the software industry, I returned to academia in 2004, first as a Visiting Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, then as a Research Scientist at the Complex Systems Institute, Paris (under the CNRS) and a Guest Lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique. I was also Director of the institute for two years, but handed over this management responsibility to dedicate myself again to research. Later, I lived in the Washington DC area, where I was formally affiliated with Drexel University and taught at The Catholic University of America. In August 2014, I moved back to France to take up a new research position at CNRS. Bio →
Research in Complex Systems
Theoretical &

Evolution & Ecology


& Bioengineering

Morphogenetic Engineering

Neural Computation

Genetic Programming
Recent Publications   More →
• July 2014 PDF
Wang, O., Doursat, R. & Bourgine, P. (2014) A hybrid off/on-lattice model of emergence and maintenance autopoiesis. Proceedings of ALIFE 2014: pp. 532-538. MIT Press.
• June 2014 PDF
Doursat, R. & Sánchez, C. (2014) Growing fine-grained multicellular robots. Soft Robotics 1(2): 110-121.
• June 2014 PDF
Castro-González et al. (2014) A digital framework to build, visualize and analyze a gene expression atlas... PLoS Comp Biol 10(6): e1003670.
• May 2014 PDF1 PDF2
Kowaliw, T., Bredeche, N. & Doursat, R., eds. (2014) Growing Adaptive Machines, Springer-Verlag.
• December 2013 PDF
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 PDF
Doursat, R., Sayama, H. & Michel, O. (2013) A review of morphogenetic engineering. Natural Computing 12(2): 517-535.