René Doursat (PhD, Habil.) is full Professor of Complex Systems and Deputy Head of the Informatics Research Centre (IRC) at the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology of Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. An alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, he completed his PhD in 1991 and a postdoc in neural networks at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. René Doursat has 20 years of research and teaching experience in computer science at several academic institutions in Europe and the US.
He is a former director of ISC-PIF, a Research Affiliate of the BioEmergences Lab at CNRS, Paris, and the Secretary of the International Society for Artifical Life (ISAL). He also co-founded and coordinated the European Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Complex Systems Science at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, where he was a Guest Lecturer for five years.
The main theme of his research is the computational, agent-based modeling and simulation of natural morphogenesis and, conversely, the design of bio-inspired morphogenetic engineering systems. He has published 56 full papers and chapters; co-edited 12 books, proceedings and special issues; created, chaired, and co-organized 20 workshops, conferences and summer schools; and (co)supervised the thesis and research of 22 postdocs, PhD and MSc students.
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