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René Doursat

René Doursat is a Research Associate Professor at the School of
Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, USA, and a Research
Scientist and Former Director of the Complex Systems Institute, Paris,
France. His research areas include computational biology and
bio-inspired computing, in particular morphogenesis, morphogenetic
engineering, and complex neural dynamics.

Titles by This Editor

Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems

ALIFE 14, the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, presents the current state of the art of Artificial Life—the highly interdisciplinary research area on artificially constructed living systems, including mathematical, computational, robotic, and biochemical ones. The understanding and application of such generalized forms of life, or “life as it could be,” have been producing significant contributions to various fields of science and engineering.

Over the past two decades, biological knowledge has grown at an unprecedented rate, giving rise to new disciplines such as systems biology, testimony of the striking progress of modeling and quantitative methods across the field. During the same period, highly speculative ideas have matured, and entire conferences and journals are now devoted to them.