An alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris,
I completed my doctoral degree in 1991 at the age of 25 in applied
mathematics/computational physics (neural network models), then was
appointed to a Postdoctoral Assistant position at the Institute for
Neural Computation in Bochum, Germany. Directly after my postdoc, I
decided to pursue opportunities in the software
while also continuing research at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris,
in the CREA Institute (a research center in cognitive science and
self-organization). In 1998, I relocated to the San Francisco Bay
Area and assumed lead engineering and architect roles in several
From 2004 on, I resumed academic research and teaching on a
full-time basis. For the first two years I was a Research/Visiting
Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Nevada,
Reno (UNR), collaborating with the Brain Computation Laboratory and
the Department of Biology. I came back to Paris in 2006 and was
offered a Research Scientist position at the Complex Systems
Institute, Paris Ile-de-France (administered by CNRS, France's
national research council). I also became its new Director during
two years in 2009 and 2010, eventually deciding to hand over this
day-to-day management responsibility to dedicate myself again to
research—something I could pursue during the 2011-2012
academic year as a Visiting Research Scientist in the Research
Group in Biomimetics at the University of Málaga, Spain.
In 2013, I moved to the Washington DC area and was formally named
Research Associate Professor at Drexel University (Philadelphia),
and Affiliate Research Fellow at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA).
I also received a teaching appointment with The Catholic University
of America (Washington DC), School of Engineering. In August 2014,
I moved back to France on a new research contract at CNRS in a
developmental biology lab where I pursued computational modeling work.
I have now joined Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, since
January 2016, on a permanent position as Professor of Complex
Systems, at the Informatics Research Centre of the School of
Computing, Mathematics & Digital Technology.
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Since my return to academia in 2004, I have built or renewed
scientific relationships with many colleagues and institutions in
Europe, the US, and Canada. In addition to my previous
from before 1998, this second period has been characterized by a
number of new initiatives and : 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.
I have also been very active in . Most recently,
I co-founded and coordinated the European Erasmus Mundus Master's
in Complex Systems Science at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, to which I have
contributed a course on agent-based models every fall semester since 2011.
I also co-organized a series of graduate seminars on cognitive and neural
science at the same school (2009, 2010) and was the lead organizer
of the annual Complex Systems Summer School in Paris (2008, 2009) and
the annual ISAL Summer School at Artificial Life conferences (2014-2016).
My main original course explores canonical examples of complex
systems through agent-based modeling and numerical simulation. It started
as an original, cross-disciplinary graduate seminar on complex systems.
I designed and developed this course entirely by myself, including
lectures, readings, student presentations, programming assignments
and supervision of term projects.
Additionally, I obtained in April 2010 the French "Habilitation"
diploma (ability to be a principal PhD supervisor, based on a
dissertation and defence in front of a jury), and in January 2011,
I received the "Professor Qualification" (eligibility to senior
faculty positions) in computer science from the French National
Council of Universities (CNU, Section 27). I have (co)supervised
the thesis and research of 21 postdocs, PhD and MSc students.
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In summary, I was originally trained in fundamental research and
have complemented my knowledge with industry's technological and
pragmatic challenges. I am now bringing along this double
theoretical and practical experience to durably stay in academia,
where my heart belongs. My greatest joy and sense of fulfillment
come from creating innovative scientific models with engineering
applications, and communicating the passion of research to my
students and peers.