René Doursat
 PhD, Habil.

Research Scientist & Fmr. Director

Complex Systems Institute, Paris Ile-de-France (ISC-PIF)
French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Research Unit UPS3611

113, rue Nationale
75013 Paris, France


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I am a Research Scientist at the Complex Systems Institute, Paris Ile-de-France (ISC-PIF), which I also directed for two years in 2009-10. My research topics, at the interface between computer science and complex systems, focus on computational biology and its mirror image 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 (then Director) at ISC-PIF, and a Guest Lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. From 2011 on, I occupied various visiting positions at the University of Malaga (Spain), Drexel University (US), and CNRS Paris, before becoming a Full Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) in January 2016. I eventually quit in November 2019 for personal convenience, and returned to ISC-PIF. Bio →
Current PhD Students
PhD (2018-21)
Joel Dokmegang
Mechanogenetic model of embryogenesis from 4D microscopy images
PhD (2017-20)
Antoine Gaget
From biological morphogenesis to morphogenetic swarm robotics
PhD (2016-19)
Nicolas Toussaint

Morphogenetic engineering of socio-technical complex systems
Research in Complex Systems
Theoretical &

Evolution & Ecology


& Bioengineering

Morphogenetic Engineering

Neural Computation

Genetic Programming