M. Bruno Cessac


Thèmes de recherche

My research was initially modeling and analysis of large sized dynamical systems arising in various fields such as physics, biology, sociology, computers networks. I have worked on subjects such as self-organized criticalitylinear response in chaotic systemssocial networkscommunications networks. My main interest concerns neuronal networks dynamics. I have developed methods combining dynamical systems theory, statistical physics and ergodic theory allowing to classify dynamics arising in canonical neuronal networks models like integrate and fire models or firing rate models. I have applied these methods for the study of synaptic and intrinsic plasticity, spike coding, spike train statistics analysis, mean-field dynamics. I am now involved in developing models for the visual system, especially the retina, as well as numerical methods and software for neuroscientists.

Activités / CV

Research Director at INRIA - Head of Biovision team

I am a doctor in theoretical physics. I got a Master degree in theoretical physics at the center of theoretical physics, Marseille in 1990. I did my pHD in the ONERA Center of Research in Toulouse with M. Samuelides. Then I spent two years (1994-1996) in Bielefeld, Germany, as a post doc in Ph. Blanchard’s team, in the group of mathematical physics BiBoS. I was lecturer (Maitre de Conférences) in physics in Nice University from September 1996 to September 2010. I got my Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches in 2001.  I am now Directeur de Recherches (Senior Research Scientist) at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis. I have been member of the Non Linear Institute of Nice (INLN) from 1996 to 2008,  of the Laboratoire Jean-Alexandre Dieudonné from 2008 to 2010. I am research director at INRIA since 2010 and head of the Biovision team since January 2016.