Jean-Pierre NADAL
Research Director
ED 158 3C


The creation of our team results from the development of an activity at the interface between physics and the sciences of living systems, initiated at the Physics Department of Ens by Gérard Weisbuch...



- 1980 Engineer diploma from Ecole Polytechnique

- 1981 Diploma of Advanced Studies ("DEA"/Master M2) in Theoretical Physics (University Paris XI)

- Feb. 1983: 3rd cycle Thesis ("Thèse de 3_eme Cycle"), University Paris XI (Advisor: Jean Vannimenus, GPS ENS).

- Feb. 2nd, 1987: Doctorate ("Doctorat d'Etat", provides what is called now the HDR), University Paris XI (Advisor: Jean

Vannimenus, GPS ENS). Thesis title: "Deux applications de la physique des systèmes désordonnés : croissance de structures et réseaux de neurones"


9/77 - 8/80 Student at Ecole Polytechnique (military service included)

10/80 - 9/83 Research scholarship from Ecole Polytechnique

10/83 - Researcher at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.):

10/83 - 9/88 Research Assistant (CR2)

10/88 - 9/98 Research Assistant (CR1)

10/98 - today: Research Director (DR2)

Host laboratories

10/83 - 12/87 Solid State Physics Group (GPS), Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS).

9/84 - 8/85 Physics Department, University of California, Berkeley, USA

1988 - 2005 Laboratoire de Physique Statistique (LPS, UMR 8550), Ecole Normale Supérieure.

2006 - LPS and Centre d'Analyse et de Mathématique Sociales (CAMS, UMR 8557), EHESS


1990 - 2004: Advance Studies (DEA) in Cognitive Science (EHESS, Paris 6, Ecole Polytechnique, ENS)

2004 - : Master in Cognitive Science ("Cogmaster", EHESS, ENS & Univ. Paris Descartes)

1999 - : Master "Maths Vision Apprentissage" (MVA), ENS Cachan


1989 - 1996 Consulting activity mainly with the Laboratoires d'Electronique Philips S.A.S. (LEP).


1989 Bronze Medal from C.N.R.S.

Scientific production

67 papers in peer reviewed journals; 34 papers in refereed proceedings; 14 contributions to collective works;

112 invited talks among which 72 for in international conferences and schools;

organization of more than 20 colloques, institutes and schools.

Full list of publications:

Advisor of 7 PhD students, and of 8 as a co-advisor (mainly interdisciplinary collaborations)