Roland Bouffanais (P.I.) Applied Complexity Group
Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) Curriculum Vitae
Roland Bouffanais is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering & Product Development (EPD) Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate at MIT, and still is a Research Associate with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.
My group focuses on both fundamental and applied interdisciplinary problems rooted in the field of Complexity. Depending on the nature of the problem, experiments, analytical theory and computation are considered and practiced. Specifically, we investigate complexity in engineering, biological and physical systems with a particular emphasis on the study of dynamical processes in relation with emergent collective behaviors: cell aggregation, fish schooling, cellular sensory networks, quantum emergent behaviors, turbulence in fluids, etc. We aim at devising some commonalities in those awe-inspiring collective behaviors by studying the system dynamics of a set of parameters borrowed from information theory, control theory and network science.
- Complexity in Engineering Systems
- Complexity in Biological Systems
- Complex Fluids
- Complexity in Physical & Quantum Systems
- Complexity & Architectural Design
Awards & Achievements
- Editorial Board Member of Computers & Fluids (Elsevier)
- IMACS 2008 Most Successful Papers Award, in App. Num. Math, 2009
- IBM Research Prize for Computational Sciences: “Exceptional quality in Doctoral thesis work, specifically, in the originality of method of calculation used and in the scientific results obtained”, 2008
- Finalist EPFL Doctorate Award
- ERCOFTAC Da Vinci Award: “Best European Doctoral Thesis on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion”: Silver medal, 2007