naXys Newsletter – January 2021

Newsletter – January 2021

At the start of this new calendar year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your commitment to our institute. From its inception as a research center in 2010, naXys has been steadily expanding its activities and partners. With the work of its members and the multiplicity of organized activities, it has developed a strong national and international recognition. This smooth evolution allowed it to evolve into a research institute in 2017. naXys has now been active for 10 years and despite our best motivation, the events of 2020 prevented us to celebrate this milestone in an appropriate manner.

2020 was an unprecendeted and very challenging period for all of us. The institute had also to adapt to the pandemic context and online seminars were set up to maintain a virtual link. Nonetheless, we will find a way to celebrate fittingly the 10th anniversary of naXys.

In the meantime, I wish you great success in your professional and personal projects for 2021.

Director of naXys


  • Dynamical phase transitions in quantum reservoir computing, Rodrigo Martínez (University of the Balearic Islands, Spain), February 4, 13:00 – 14:00
  • The cell cycle as a temporal network of protein interactions, Maxime Lucas (Aix-Marseille University, France), February 18, 13:00 – 14:00
  • Gene expression modelling from cell population snapshot data using optimal mass transport, François Lamoline (University of Luxembourg), March 4, 13:00 – 14:00
  • Accelerating t-SNE using the particle-mesh algorithm from physics, Valentin Delchevalerie (Université de Namur), March 25, 13:00 – 14:00

Abstracts can be found on our website:


2021-01-Muhanad AlkilabiNEW GRANTEE OF A NAXYS POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP. Muhanad Alkilabi joined naXys in January 2021. Welcome to him!

Muhanad Alkilabi obtained his electrical engineering bachelors degree from Al-Mustansiriyah University (Iraq) in 2003, a MPhil from Pune University (India) in 2007, and a PhD in Computer Science and AI from Aberystwyth University (UK) in 2017. His research interests are in the domain of Robotics, Intelligent Systems, Neural and Evolutionary Computation, and Embedded Systems. During his one year PostDoc at UNamur, funded by naXys, he will look at collective decision making problems in swarm robotics systems. He will also design and build a group of robots for a robotic orchestra. This artistic installation is developed by naXys (Pr. T. Carletti and Pr. E. Tuci) in collaboration with TRAKK and the artists of the collective VOID.

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