Eric Bonabeau

Eric Bonabeau

Project and Chairman in Icosystem

The founder and Chief Scientist of Boston-based Icosystem Corporation, Eric Bonabeau is one of the world's leading experts in complex systems and distributed adaptive problem solving. His book Swarm Intelligence has been a scientific bestseller for seven years and provided the inspiration for another bestseller, Michael Chrichton's Prey. His articles in Harvard Business Review (Swarm Intelligence: A Whole New Way to Look at Business, May 2001; Predicting the Unpredictable, March 2002; Don't Trust Your Gut, May 2003; The Perils of the Imitation Age, June 2004; You Heard It Here First, February 2005; What Is Luxury Without Variety?, February 2006) have all been exploring the limits of human decision making in a complex, decentralized and unpredictable world. Eric's commercial experience includes years of research and development in US and European telecommunications and software companies. He sits on the advisory board of a number of Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to his current position, Eric was the CEO of Eurobios, then a joint venture with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young applying the science of complex adaptive systems to business issues. He has been a research director with France Telecom R&D, an R&D engineer with Cadence Design Systems (in Lowell, MA, USA), and the Interval Research Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.

 

Eric is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journals Advances in Complex Systems (World Scientific) and ACM Transactions on Adaptive and Autonomous Systems (ACM Press) and serves as a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals. In addition to Swarm Intelligence and more than one hundred scientific articles, Eric is the co-author of Self-Organization in Biological Systems (Princeton University Press), a best-selling biology textbook. He has a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Paris-Sud University in France, and he spent several years as a Research Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. He is also an alumnus of the two premier French universities: Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications

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