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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Education, Career

Since my return to academia in 2004, I have built or renewed scientific relationships with many colleagues and institutions in Europe, the USA, and Canada. In addition to my previous activities from before 1998, this second period has been characterized by a number of new initiatives and publications: journal and conference papers, book chapters and edited books, creation and/or organization of conferences and workshops, supervision of PhD and MSc students, contributions to reviews and committees, launch of several projects, and grant writing.
Editor (elaboration of books, proceedings & journals)
Book editor  
Co-Editor & Author, Growing Adaptive Machines: Combining Development and Learning in Artificial Neural Networks (2014) Kowaliw, T., Bredeche, N. & Doursat, R., eds. "Studies in Computational Intelligence" Series, Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-642-55336-3 [261 pages].
Creator, Lead Editor & Author, Morphogenetic Engineering: Toward Programmable Complex Systems (2012) Doursat, R., Sayama, H. & Michel, O., eds. "Understanding Complex Systems" Series, Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-642-33901-1 [452 pages].
Co-Editor & Author, Cognitive Morphodynamics: Dynamical Morphological Models for Constituency in Perception and Syntax (2011) Petitot, J., in collaboration with Doursat, R. Peter Lang, ISBN 978-3-0343-0475-7 [306 pages].
Proceedings editor  
Education Chair, Special Session Chair, Co-Editor & Author, Proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Life 2015 (ECAL 2015) Timmis, J., Stepney, S., Andrews, P., Caves, L., Doursat, R., Hickinbotham, S. & Polack, F., eds. July 20-24, 2015, University of York, UK. MIT Press, ISBN 978-0-262-33027-5.
Education Chair, Workshop Chair, Co-Editor & Author, Artificial Life 14: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems (ALife XIV) Sayama, H., Rieffel, J., Risi, S., Doursat, R. & Lipson, H., eds. July 30-Aug 2, 2014, SUNY Global Center & Javits Center, New York, NY. MIT Press, ISBN 978-0-262-32621-6.
Track Chair, Co-Editor & Author, Proceedings of the 15th International Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2013) Blum, C. et al., eds. July 6-10, 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ACM, ISBN 978-1-4503-1963-8 [1636 pages].
Track Chair, Co-Editor & Author, Proceedings of the 14th International Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2012) Soule, T. et al., eds. July 7-11, 2012, Philadelphia, PA. ACM, ISBN 978-1-4503-1177-9 [1364 pages].
General Chair & Co-Editor, Advances in Artificial Life: Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ECAL 2011) Lenaerts, T., Giacobini, M., Bersini, H., Bourgine, P., Dorigo M. & Doursat, R., eds. August 8-12, 2011, Paris, France. MIT Press, ISBN 978-0-262-29714-1 [909 pages].
Special Session Chair & Co-Editor, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ANTS 2010) Dorigo, M., Birattari, M., Di Caro, G. A., Doursat, R., Engelbrecht, A. P., Floreano, D., Gambardella, L. M., Groß, R., Sahin, E., Sayama, H. & Stützle, T., eds. September 8-10, 2010, Brussels, Belgium. LNCS 6234, Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-642-15460-7 [542 pages].
Technical Chair & Co-Editor, IT Revolutions: Proceedings of the 1st International ICST Conference, Revised Selected Papers (2009) Ulieru, M., Palensky, P. & Doursat, R., eds. December 17-19, 2008, Venice, Italy. LNICST 11, Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-642-03977-5 [259 pages].
Journal guest editor  
Co-Editor, Artificial Life 14 Conference Special Issue (2016) Sayama, H., Rieffel, J., Risi, S., Doursat, R. & Lipson H., eds. Artificial Life 22(2) [135 pages].
Co-Editor, Special Issue for the 20th Anniversary of the European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2011) (2013) Lenaerts, T., Giacobini, M., Bersini, H., Bourgine, P., Dorigo M. & Doursat, R., eds. Artificial Life 20(1) [181 pages].
Co-Editor, ANTS 2010 Special Issue: Extended Best Papers from the 7th International Swarm Intelligence Conference Proceedings (2011) Dorigo, M., Birattari, M., Di Caro, G., Doursat, R., Engelbrecht, A., Gambardella, L. M., Groß, R., Sahin, E. & Stützle, T., eds. Swarm Intelligence 5(3-4) [228 pages].
Chair & Organizing Committees (creation & preparation of events)
Conference & workshop creation   Conference & workshop organization   Summer school organization  
Reviewer & Program Committees (review of submissions)
Journal paper reviews   Conference & workshop paper reviews   Grant proposal reviews  
  • Grant Pre-Reviews, Research & Knowledge Exchange Office, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016-Present
  • Grant Review Panel, Complex Systems Institute, Paris Ile-de-France (ISC-PIF), 2011-2015
  • Grant Reviewer, Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France, 2008
  • Grant Reviewer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), 2007
Advisory Committees (recommendations on research & education)
Juries & Search Committees (evaluation & selection of candidates)
  • Selection & Interview Panels for various posts (PhDs, Research Assistants, Lecturers, Professors), School of Computing and/or Faculty of Science & Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016-Present

  • PhD Defence Juries:  
    • Reviewer, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France, 9/2015
    • Committee Member & Examiner, Drexel University, Philadelphia, US, 8/2014
    • Reviewer, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 1/2014
    • Advisor & Examiner, Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7), France, 2/2013
    • Reviewer, Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4), France, 12/2012
    • Reviewer, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France, 9/2011
    • Reviewer, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France, 5/2011
    • Examiner, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France, 1/2011
    • Examiner, Universidad de Málaga, Spain, 11/2010
    • Examiner & Chair, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, France, 11/2009
    • Committee Member & Examiner, Binghamton University SUNY, US, 4/2009

  • Jury (of 5), French-Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science (ACFAS), Marcel Vincent Award, given yearly to an outstanding Canadian researcher in social sciences, 2006, 2007.

  • Search Committee (Member & Chair), Complex Systems Institute, Paris Ile-de-France (ISC-PIF), for Postdoctoral Fellowships:
    • 2010: 34 applicants, 9 interviewees, 6 ranked, 2 positions
    • 2009: 43 applicants, 8 interviewees, 5 ranked, 3 positions
    • 2008: 19 applicants, 9 interviewees, 4 ranked, 3 positions

  • Search Committee (Chair), Complex Systems Institute, Paris Ile-de-France (ISC-PIF), for 1 Software Engineer/Scientific Programmer position, and 1 Webmaster/Communication Manager position, 2009.
Memberships (past and present)
Board member  
Other memberships (past and present)  
Project Grants & Personal Scholarships
Awarded   Submitted, under review  
  • OncoPhylomics (Morphogenesis Data Learning & Modeling), EU – H2020, 9 partners, €3M requested, 1/2017
  • MecaPlax (Mecagen Modeling of Placozoa), France – ANR-Défis, 3 partners (prep accepted), €430K req, 10/2016
Submitted, not selected  
  • CMC (Centre for Morphogenetic Cybernetics), Norway – Res. Council, NTNU Biotech, €10M req, 10-year, 11/2015
  • IMPaLa (Modeling of Wound Closure Physiology), France – ANR-Défis, 5 partners, €532K req, 10/2015
  • CEM-FET (Computational Evolving Manifolds for Future Emerg Tech), EU – FP7-FET, 5 partners, €3.27M req, 3/2015
  • RhomboSeg (Vertebrate Hindbrain Cell Lineage and Modeling), France – ANR-TECSAN, 3 partners, 11/2014
  • Embryome-DC (Similarities in Animal Embryonic Patterning), France – ANR-Défis, 3 partners, €624K req, 10/2014
  • MecaGen (Integrating Developmental Mechanics and Genetics), USA – NSF 13-506 (IOS), preproposal, 1/2013
  • DesRes (Design for Resilience and Sustainability), EU – FP7-FET, 4 partners (preproposal accepted), 4/2012
  • Gro-CyPhy (Growing Cyber-Physical Systems), EU – FP7-FET-UCOMP, 7 partners, €3M req, 1/2012
  • BEBOTS (Behavioral Robots), EU – Marie-Curie-IEF, personal fellowship at UMA, 2-year, 8/2011
  • ECSTASY (Engineering Complex Socio-Technical Adaptive SYstems), EU – FP7-FET, 4 partners, 5/2011
  • PinkNoise (Bioinspired Generation of Audiovisual Content), Spain – 7 partners, €320K req, 2/2011
  • EMJD/CSS (Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate: Complex Systems Science), EU – EAC-A1, 4 partners, 5-year, 4/2010
  • E2CP (social Web), EU – FP7-ICT, 3 partners, 17 individual supporters, €100K req, 1-year, 3/2009
  • BIO-NEXT (cloud computing), EU – COST-ICT, 20 individual participants, preproposal, 3/2009
  • ComplexiT (immune system modeling), France – CNRS-PICS, 4 European partners, preproposal, 3/2009
  • MEC@GEN (bio-development modeling), France – ANR-SYSCOMM, 3 partners, €500K req, 3-year, 2/2009
  • Non-Classical Computing (bio-inspired engineering), USA – NSF-PIRE, 17 individual sponsors, preproposal, 2/2009
  • EvoSpace (spatial evolutionary dynamics), USA – NSF-Ecology, 3 individual participants, 4-year, 1/2009
  • AniMorph (virtual bio-development), France – ANR-Open, 3 French partners, €800K req, 3-year, 11/2008
  • EnergyWeb (energy grid), EU – FP7-COSI-ICT, 8 European partners, €4.13M req, 3-year, 4/2008