Thomas Nowak

Associate Professor

Université Paris-Saclay
École Polytechnique


I’m looking for excellent candidates for postdoc, PhD, and intern positions. If you’re interested in doing research with me, please write me an email.

Research Interests

  • distributed algorithms
  • synthetic biology
  • discrete-event systems
  • wireless ad-hoc networks of mobile agents


  • DREAMY: Distributed Algorithms in Microbiological Systems (ANR)
  • HicDiesMeus: Highly Constrained Discrete Agents for Modeling Natural Systems (DigiCosme)
  • ETSHI: Efficient Test Strategies for SARS-CoV-2 in Healthcare Institutions (Université Paris-Saclay/CARE)
  • BACON: Bacterial Consensus (CNRS)

Past projects:

  • COMBACT: Digital Communication Models for Bacteria (DIM RFSI)
  • ABIDE: Algorithms in Birth-Death Systems (CNRS)
  • DIGIT: Distributed Pulse Generation in Bacterial Colonies (DigiCosme)
  • DEMO: Delay Models for Microbiological Circuits (CNRS)
  • DICIMUS: Distributed Communication Models for Microbiological Circuits (Institut Farman)
  • DEPEC MODE: Deriving Phage Communication Models (Université Paris-Saclay)

Students and Post-Docs

  • Fabricio Cravo (co-supervised with Janna Burman and Matthias Függer), PhD student, started in 2021
  • Anisse Belhadj, graduate research intern
  • Gayathri Prakash, graduate research intern (co-supervised with Matthias Függer)


  • Sirajo Bakura, PhD student, started in 2018, defended in 2021 (co-supervised with Alain Lambert)
  • Corbin Hopper, graduate research intern (co-supervised with Matthias Függer)
  • Victoria Andaur, undergraduate research intern
  • Bilal Manssouri, undergraduate research intern (co-supervised with Janna Burman)
  • DaJung Cho, post-doc (co-supervised with Matthias Függer)
  • Cheng-Yu Han, PhD student, started in 2015, defended in 2018 (co-supervised with Alain Lambert)
  • Quentin Soubeyran, graduate research intern, École Polytechnique Research Internship Prize 2019



  • Upcoming: CELLS 2021 (Computing among Cells) at DISC 2021, October 8, 2021, online
  • CELLS 2020 (Computing among Cells) at DISC 2020, October 12, 2020, online
  • CELLS 2019 (Computing among Cells) at DISC 2019 on October 14, 2019, in Budapest
  • WENDY (Emergent Algorithms and Network Dynamics) on October 10-11, 2018, at Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris


  • SSS 2018 (PC member), PODC 2019 (Publication Chair), PODC 2020 (PC member), DISC 2020 (PC member)


  • Fall 2021: Conception et programmation objet avancées
  • Fall 2021: Initiation au développement
  • Fall 2021: Natural Algorithms (with M. Függer)



  • Transient Behavior of Distributed Algorithms and Digital Circuit Models, PhD thesis, École polytechnique, 2014.
  • Topology in Distributed Computing, Master's thesis, Vienna University of Technology, 2010.
  • Implementation and Evaluation of a Support Vector Machine on an 8-bit Microcontroller, Bachelor's thesis, Vienna University of Technology, 2008.


Thomas Nowak
Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Sciences du Numérique
Université Paris-Saclay
Bât 650 Ada Lovelace
91405 Orsay Cedex
P: +33 1 69 15 66 09
Twitter: nowathom
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