Front page for a Book of GdR IM


We are proud to announce the publication of a book for CNRS Editions which draws an up-to-date photo of mathematical computer science in 2022. It contains the courses given at the school for young researchers in mathematical computer science which took place in Nice this year.

We are proud to have contributed to this book both a chapter and the artwork for the front page which is dedicated to the mathematician John Horton Conway who in many occasions has worked at the interface between mathematics and computer science.

The image of Conway is a reworking of the image described in a past post on this website: a tribute to John Horton Conway.

Informatique Mathématique : une photographie en 2022


Enrico Formenti
Enrico Formenti
Professor of Computer Science
  • discrete dynamical systems
  • cellular Automata
  • higher order cellular automata
  • tilings

He got his PhD in Computer Science at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 1998. He has been recruited as an assistant professor at the Université de Provence (now Aix-Marseille Université) in 2001. He got the habilitation thesis in 2002 from the same university. He was hired as full professor at Université Nice-Sophia Antipolis (now Université Côte d'Azur) in 2003. He is currently exceptional class professor at the Université Côte d'Azur.

Enrico is (co-)editor in chief of the international journal RAIRO-ITA. He is also associated editor for the international journals: Theoretical Computer Science, Natural Computing, Journal of Cellular Automata and Journal of Automata, Languages and Combinatorics. He is also the author of more than 100 scientific publications appeared in the best journals or conferences of his research domain.

His research interests comprise: discrete dynamical systems, chaos, tilings, and complex systems in general. He is also interested in computational complexity, computability and unconventional models of computation.

Since 2019 he started getting more and more involved in generative art where he explores the connections between art, population dynamics and tilings.

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From Truchet to Warhol

Recently, I was invited to give a talk at the conference Automata Factory IV. While preparing the talk I was looking for a nice illustration of the talk content. Since the early days of the G-Art group, there were lots of exchanges about tilings, cellular automata and art. Many ideas started to emerge and their development is still ongoing. Finally, after some days, I came up with the following:

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