René Doursat
 PhD, Habil.

Professor of Complex Systems & Co-Head,
Centre for Advanced Computational Science –

Research Degrees Coordinator, School of
Computing, Mathematics & Digital Technology,
Manchester Metropolitan University,

John Dalton Building E158, Chester Street,
Manchester M1 5GD, United Kingdom



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I am a full Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, doing research at the interface between computer science and complex systems. My focus is on computational biology and 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 at the Complex Systems Institute, Paris (which I directed for two years) and a Guest Lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. In 2012, I moved to Washington DC, then went back to France in 2014 on a research position at CNRS, before coming to Manchester in January 2016. Bio →
Selected news (March 2018)

8th Morphogenetic Engineering Workshop/Special Session (MEW), July 2018

4th Summer School of the International Society for Artificial Life (ISAL), Sept 2017

MecaGen: new paper in Nature Communications, Jan 2017

ImageInLife: new Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN), starting Jan 2017
Research in Complex Systems
Theoretical &

Evolution & Ecology


& Bioengineering

Morphogenetic Engineering

Neural Computation

Genetic Programming
Selected recent publications (January 2017)
• January 2017 PAPER
Delile, J. et al. (2017) MecaGen: a cell-based computational model of embryogenesis... Nature Communications 8(13929).
• December 2016 PAPER
Villoutreix, P. et al. (2016) An integrated modelling framework...based on a cohort of digital embryos Scientific Reports 6(37438).
• June 2016 PAPER
Pascalie, J. et al. (2016) Developmental design of synthetic bacterial architectures... ACS Synthetic Biology 5(8): 842-861.
• May 2016 PAPER
Banzhaf, W. et al. (2016) Defining and simulating open-ended novelty... Theory in Biosciences 135: 131-161.
• February 2016 PAPER
Faure, E. et al. (2016) A workflow to process 3D+time microscopy images of developing organisms... Nature Communications 7(8674).
• February 2016 PAPER
Kowaliw, T. & Doursat, R. (2016) Bias-variance decomposition in genetic programming. Open Mathematics 14: 62-80.