Denis Phan is Post & Telecommunications Administrator and Senior Researcher in Economics and Computational Social Sciences at the GEMAS - CNRS. His past research interests are in the economics of telecommunications, software industry and regulation. He has published papers and various books in this field. Since 2000 his research interests focus on Complexity and Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) for Economics and Social Sciences. He has co-published in 2008 at the Bardwell Press (with Frederic Amblard) an introductory book on 'ABM and Simulation in the Social and Human Sciences', and presently coordinate the ANR project 'COSMAGEMS' on Ontologies for ABM in SHS
Franck Varenne graduated as an engineer (MS degree) in electrical engineering and computer science at the Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité (Supélec - Paris) in 1993. He received his MA in philosophy at the University of Paris 1 (Sorbonne) and passed the public entry examination in philosophy (CAPES 1995). He also passed a MA in contemporary history of science at the University of Lyon 2 (2000). After his Ph.D. thesis in epistemology (entitled "The Fate of Formalisms : about the Form of Plants – Practices and Epistemologies of Models facing Computer" - University of Lyon 2, 2004, in french), he became Assistant Professor in epistemology at the University of Rouen (2005). In 2006, he became a member of the CNRS-Lab GEMAS (UMR 8598 - Paris Sorbonne - http://www.gemas.msh-paris.fr/Home.html) too.
Department of Philosophy
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