René Doursat
 PhD, Habil.

Professor of Complex Systems & Deputy
   Head, Informatics Research Centre,
   School of Computing, Math & Digital Tech,
   Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

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

Steering Committee & Fmr. Director,
   Complex Systems Institute, Paris (ISC)

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



Growing Adaptive

Springer 2014

Springer 2012

Peter Lang 2011
Edited Proceedings

Artificial Life
ALife'14, ECAL'15

MITPress 2014,2015
Evolution. Comp.
GECCO'12, '13

ACM 2012,2013
Artificial Life

MITPress 2011
Swarm Intell.

Springer 2010
IT Revolutions

Springer 2009

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Professor Qualification (eligibility to senior faculty positions)
National Council of Universities (CNU), France, 1/2011-12/2015

  • Level: Professor (PR)
  • Section: #27, Computer Science ("Informatique")
  • Reference: #11127199531

Habilitation (ability to be a principal PhD supervisor)
Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), France, 4/2010

PhD in applied mathematics / computational physics
Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), France, 5/1991 (aged 25)

  • Title: A Contribution to the Study of Representations in the Nervous System and in Artificial Neural Networks (dissertation in French) HTML
  • Fields: computational neuroscience, neural networks, machine learning, computer vision, biological modeling, cognitive science
  • Advisor: Elie Bienenstock, CNRS (today Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island)

MSc in theoretical physics
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, 9/1987

Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) and Ecole Polytechnique are the two most selective French "Grandes Ecoles" (see next).

Lead graduate candidate
French "Grandes Ecoles" (graduate schools), Paris, France, 7/1985 (aged 19)

Attained single-digit ranks at several competitive entrance examinations to the best science & engineering graduate schools:

  • Ranked 1st of 2,818 candidates at the Ecole Centrale Paris league examination
    (group of four schools, including Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité and Ecole Supérieure d'Optique)
  • Ranked 5th of 2,239 candidates at the Ecole des Mines de Paris league examination
    (group of eight schools, including Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Institut Supérieur de
    l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace, and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris)
  • Ranked 9th of 222 candidates (physics section) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris
  • Ranked 7th at the written examination (physics section) of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de St-Cloud

Born 1966.