René Doursat
 Ph.D. Habil.
Research Associate Professor, School of
   Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University

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

Adjunct Faculty, School of Engineering,
   The Catholic University of America

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

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


Book Publications


Springer, 2012

Peter Lang, 2011
Advances in Artificial
Life, ECAL 2011

MIT Press, 2011
Swarm Intelligence,
ANTS 2010

Springer, 2010
IT Revolutions,
ICST 2008

Springer, 2009

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Full CV   (Nov. 10, 2013)

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. In 2013, I moved to the Washington DC area, where I received formal affiliations with Drexel University and George Mason University, and a teaching appointment at The Catholic University of America. Full bio →

Research in Complex Systems
Theoretical &

Evolution & Ecology


& Bioengineering

Morphogenetic Engineering

Neural Computation

Genetic Programming
Recent News
• December 1, 2013
Invited keynote speaker at Dagstuhl Seminar 13492: Geosensor Networks: Bridging Algorithms and Applications, December 1-6, 2013, Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik, Germany.
• November 1, 2013
Start of my new postdoc collaborator Jonathan Pascalie on the Generation of Realizable Component-Based Systems from High-Level Specs, Complex Systems Institute, Paris.
• October 1, 2013
Journal publication: A review of morphogenetic engineering, in "Frontiers of Natural Computing" Special Issue, Natural Computing 12(2): 517-535. PAPER
• September 25, 2013
Elected with 36% of 124 votes to the Board of Directors (12 members) of the International Society for Artificial Life. — November 8: Elected Officer (Secretary) by the Board.
• September 9-13, 2013
Invited keynote speaker at the 7th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO 2013), Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
• August 26, 2013
Appointed Adjunct Faculty by the Departments of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
• July 6-10, 2013
Chair and main organizer of the "Generative & Developmental Systems" Track (GDS), at the 15th Int'l Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conf. (GECCO 2013), VU Amsterdam.
• March 2013
Formally named Affiliate Research Fellow at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
• February 19, 2013
Defence of my PhD student Julien Delile on the Computational Modeling and Simulation of Animal Early Embryogenesis, Université Paris 7 and Complex Systems Institute, Paris.
Research Teaching Publications

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