Consortium and PI

Rationale of the consortium

The BAMBI consortium was a unique gathering of competences in different scientific fields ranging from microbiology to electronics and hardware.

This diversity was a necessity to achieve the scientific objective of advancing toward a probabilistic computer inspired by the biochemistry of cell-signalling.

When gathering groups with such different scientific cultures, the risk was not be able to work with one another. In our view we managed to induce several fruitful collaborations between the different groups leading  to completely new approaches and to some scientific and technical advances.


The six partners  were complementary and cover  very different  scientific fields

  • Applied math and especially subjectivist probabilistic approach (CNRS, ULG-1, HUJI, ProBAYES, ISR)
  • Software development (CNRS, ProBAYES, ISR)
  • Experimental biology (ULG-2)
  • Cell-signalling (CNRS, ULG-2, ULG-1, HUJI)
  • Theoretical molecular chemistry (ULG-1, HUJI)
  • Information theory (CNRS, ULG-1, HUJI)
  • Biochemistry (CNRS, ULG-2, ULG-1, HUJI)
  • Hardware and electronics (CNRS, ISR)


Claire Remacle

Dr Claire Remacle (born in 1967) is Professor at the University of Liege since November 2003 and is leading the laboratory of genetics of microorganisms. She is author or co-author of 40 publications.

Damien Querlioz

Damien QUERLIOZ (born in 1984) received his pre-doctoral training at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, and at Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité. He graduated the Ph.D. degree from University Paris-Sud, in 2008. He was then a Postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, USA, in 2009 and at Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, France, in 2010. He recently joined the University of Paris-Sud …

Emmanuel Mazer

Emmanuel MAZER (born in 1953) is a senior researcher at CNRS. He defended two doctoral dissertations in Robotics in 1981 and 1989. He stayed at the Artificial Intelligence Department of the University of Edinburgh during his postdoc and was a fellow researcher at the MIT AI lab for 2 years. He is a founder of several …

Francoise Remacle

Dr. Françoise Remacle (born in 1964), Directeur de Recherches of Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgium), is leading the theoretical physical chemistry group at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Liège. She is the author or co-author of more than 160 publications.

Jaques Droulez

Jacques DROULEZ (born in 1950) received a mathematical and engineer training (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris), a complete medical training (MD: Lariboisière – St Louis Hospital, Paris), a master in biochemistry and a Habilitation to supervise research in cognitive sciences. He has got a fellowship from the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (1978-1982). He is now Director of Research …

João Filipe Ferreira

João Filipe Ferreira is a Professor at UC, and a researcher at the ISR. His main research interests and experience include human and artificial perception, robotics, Bayesian modelling, machine learning and 3D scanning.

Jorge Dias

Jorge Dias is professor at the University of Coimbra (UC) and researcher at ISR. His current research areas are computer vision and robotics, with activities and contributions in these fields since 1984. He has been the main researcher in several projects financed by the European Commission (FP 6 and 7) IRPS – Intelligent Robotic Porter …

Jorge Lobo

Jorge Lobo is professor at UC and a researcher at ISR. His main research interests include inertial sensor data integration in computer vision systems, Bayesian models for multimodal perception of 3D structure and motion, and real-time performance using GPUs and reconfigurable hardware. He has participated in several national and European projects, more recently in BACS …

Julie Grollier

Julie GROLLIER (born in 1975), first graduated from the engineering institute Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité before obtaining a diploma from the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan. Her Ph.D. (obtained in 2003), supervised by Albert Fert, focused on “Spin transfer induced magnetization switching”. This spintronic phenomena allows to manipulate the  magnetization of nano-objects simply by current injection, without …

Kamel Mekhnacha

Dr Kamel Mekhnacha (born in 1970) received the engineering degrees (1994) in computer science from Constantine University, Algeria, and the M.S. degree (1995) and the Ph.D. (1999) both in computer science from INPG (Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble), France. He worked as a research engineer at INRIA (The French National Institute for Research in Computer …

Pierre Bessière

Pierre BESSIERE (born in 1958) is a senior researcher at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) since 1992. He took his engineering degrees (1981) and his PhD (1983) in computer science from INPG (Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble). He did a Post-Doctorate at SRI International (Stanford Research Institute) working on a project for NASA (National …

Raphael D. Levine

Raphael D. Levine is the Max Born Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a theorist and is primarily active in the two areas that form the backbone of this proposal: molecular dynamics and the application of information theory to molecular processes. He is the author or coauthor of over …