Institut de Physique Theorique
Orme des Merisiers, Bat. 774, p.c. 136
F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex
Tel. (to my office): +33 1 69 08 81 14
Office number in IPhT: 123
The most reliable way to contact me:
- Postdoctoral position opening in my group in
IPhT, CEA Saclay (starting September 2017) on statistical mechanics
of neural networks and representation learning. Interested candidates are welcome to
contact me with their CV (until the position is filled). More detailed call is
for dowload here.
Events not to be missed:
- February 27 - March 3, 2017 we organize a workshop in Les Houches Statistical physics, Learning, Inference and Networks . We have an amazing list of
speakers. Registration closed.
- July 3 - 28, 2017 we organize Boulder Summer School on Frustrated and Disordered Systems. If you want to learn about the replica method,
cavity method and its use in studied of glasses and other systems,
such as inference or machine learning, this is the place you should
be this coming July. Register before January 15, 2017.
- Check the schedule of the Golosino seminar
to taste the best pizza and to listen to the best talks on
applications of statistical physics in Paris.
- Save in your calendars and stay tuned for 2nd edition of 'Spin Glass and
Beyond' in Cargese (20 - 31 August, 2018).
Members of Zdeborová's group in IPhT
- Fabrizio Antenucci: Postdoc.
- Andre Manoel: Postdoc (joint with B. Thirion, Neurospin).
- Thibault Lesieur: 3rd year PhD student.
- Christian Schmidt: 2nd year PhD student.
- Christophe Schulke, PhD 2013-2016, currently Philips
- Francesco Caltagirone, postdoc 2012-2014, currently
reseacher at Huawei, France.
- Yingying Xu, visiting PhD student in
postdoc in Aalto University, Finland.
- Nils-Eric Guenther, Master student 2015, currently
PhD in photonics, Barcelona, Spain.
- Richard Morris (joint with M. Barthelemy),
2011-2013, currently postdoc in Bangalore, India.
- Jared Lolli, Master student 2011, currently PhD in
Some Recent and Older News
- In today's digital era some of the talks and lectures I gave are
- I am proud that in 2016 the Philippe Meyr institute of ENS Paris awarded me the Philippe Meyer prize in theoretical physics
- I am proud that in 2014, CNRS awarded me the bronze medal
. Related to that I was asked
some interviews and this is my favorite one.
I work for the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) in the IPhT (Institut de Physique Theorique), of CEA in Saclay, France.
I am interested in statistical physics of complex systems
Statistical physics has been developed in order to study the
collective behavior of many-particle systems. Traditionally, it aims
at understanding physical materials composed out of a large number of
molecules or other small constituents of matter. Probability theory is
combined with microscopic rules (interactions) to describe the collective properties such as the heat capacity, the density or various phase
transitions. Motivated by the demands of our developing society,
today's science needs to understand many other systems composed of a large number of interacting elements. To give few examples these elements may be: agents selling and buying
items on the market, genes regulating the cell functions or
dys-functions, the network of power lines delivering energy to our
homes, Boolean variables in logical formulas designed to verify
functions of electronic devices, planes landing and departing in a
large international airport, or the network of neurons in our brain
that allows one to read and comprehend this very text.
The experience collected over decades by physicists in the studies
of matter needs to be exploited in order to understand, or predict,
new relations between the microscopic (local) and macroscopic (global)
properties of these complex systems. Particularly handy in this task
are techniques developed in studies of disordered systems such as spin
glasses, structural glasses, interfaces pinned by impurities, polymer
networks or grains of sand. This is because the above mentioned
complex systems are very rarely ordered, homogeneous or strongly
symmetric, often they are not even embedded in an Euclidean space.
This is the general line of research that makes me passionate and that
Do you want to read my research resume from December 2009? Download a pdf here.
Do you want to see my cv from January 2013? Download a pdf here.