Thomas Nowak

ENS Paris-Saclay

Junior Member
Institut Universitaire de France

Cellular Computing Group


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

Current Projects

  • DREAMY: Distributed Algorithms in Microbiological Systems (ANR)
  • COSTXPRESS: Quantitative models of expression costs of synthetic genetic circuits (ANR)
  • SAIF: Safe AI through Formal Methods
  • MicroPILOTING: A microfluidic system for predictive interaction models of bacteria and microalgae cells (ANR)
  • PROCEED/PREDICTABLE Predictive interaction models of bacteria and microalgae cells via a dedicated microfluidic device (Institut d’Alembert, Institut Farman, and OI BioProbe)

Current Students and Post-Docs

  • Johannes Bund, post-doc (co-supervised with Matthias Függer)
  • Gabriel Le Bouder, post-doc (co-supervised with Matthias Függer)
  • Fabricio Cravo, PhD student, started in 2021 (co-supervised with Janna Burman and Matthias Függer)
  • Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, research intern
  • Mélanie Pietri, PhD student, started in 2023 (co-supervised with Sakina Bensalem, Matthias Függer, and Bruno Le Pioufle)
  • Christine Wagner, research intern (co-supervised with Matthias Függer)
  • Zhuofan Xu, PhD student, started in 2022 (co-supervised with Benedikt Bollig and Matthias Függer)



  • CELLS 2022 (Computing among Cells) at DISC 2022, October 28, 2022, online
  • 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), SAND 2023 (PC member), SIROCCO 2023 (PC member), PODC 2024 (PC member), ICDCN 2025 (PC member)




  • 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 Méthodes Formelles
ENS Paris-Saclay
Room 2S57
4, avenue des Sciences
91190 Gif-sur-Yvette

Phone: +33 1 81 87 54 31
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