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Damien RONTANI received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master in Information Science, Energy et Systems from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec, France) in 2004 and 2006, respectively. In parallel, he received his Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech, USA) in 2005. In 2011, he defended his PhD thesis in Applied Physics at Supélec and his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. From 2011 to 2013 he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Physics Department at Duke University (USA). Since December 2013, he is an assistant professor at Supélec (France), where he conduct leading edge research in nonlinear dynamics of complex photonics systems, experimental physics of dynamical networks, and nonlinear optics for innovative applications in information processing. His reasearch are conducted within the framework of the OPTEL Research Group which part of the LMOPS EA-4423 Laboratory (Laboratoire Matériaux Optiques, Photonique et Système). In his is young academic career, Damien Rontani has authored and co-authored 13 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and 31 publications in conferences.

Curriculum Vitae (English) including a list of publications


Open position

I am currently looking for a PhD Student on the topic « Neuromorphic information processing using nonlinear photonic systems  » for a duration of 3 years starting September 2015. Detailed CV + motivation letter to be sent by email.



  • 22 Septembre 2014 : Publication accepted of an article in Physical Review E Rapid Communications on the supertransient nature of chimera states in networks of Kuramoto-like phase oscillators implemented on a reconfigurable microchip ! This work has been realized in collaboration with american and german colleagues.
  • September 14-18, 2014 : Oral presentation of results on using nonlinear dynamics in a diode laser for ultrasensitive position sensing at the international symposium NOLTA 2014 in Lucerne (Switzerland). The results were obtained in collaboration with spanish and american colleagues.
  • September 8-12, 2014 : Oral presentation of recent results on chimera states in ultrafast experimental networks at the international symposium Dynamics Days Europe 2014 in Bayreuth (Germany). The results were obtained in collaboration with german and american colleagues.
  • April 10, 2014 : Publication accepted in Physical Review E on the synchronization of Kuramoto-like Boolean oscillators ! This work has been realized in collaboration with american and german scientists
  • January 02-05, 2014 : Presentation of three new results in experimental networks on chimera states; liquid state machines and synchronization of Boolean oscillators at the intenral conference Dynamics Days US 2014 à Atlanta (USA).


Research topics

  • Physical Generation of random numbers at ultrafast rates
  • Nonlinear dynamics of optoelectronic components and application for the generation of ultra-pure microwave frequencies and for ultra-sensitive sensing at the nanoscale
  • Chaos and complexity theory, time series analysis
  • Neuromorphic computation and neuro-inspired systems based on electronics and photonics devices
  • Fundamental Physics of experimental dynamical networks and collective phenomena (synchronisation, patterns, clustering, phase transition)
  • Dynamics of nanostructured laser devices (quantum dot lasers, VCSELs and quantum cascade lasers)
  • Spatiotemporal dynamics of photonic systems


Teaching activities

  • Lectures : Computational Methods in Physics (L 3h)
  • Small class: Digital Signal Processing (Ex 6h), Access to numerical bibliographical ressources (Ex 3h), System and Control (Ex 6h)
  • Laboratories: Power Engineering (45h), Digital Signal Processing (45h), Systems and Control (45h), Undergraduate Research Projects (35 h)