The CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of Boston-based Icosystem Corporation, Eric Bonabeau is one of the world's leading experts in complex systems and distributed adaptive problem solving. His book "Swarm Intelligence" has been a scientific bestseller for eight years and provided inspiration for another bestseller, Michael Crichton’s "Prey."
Previously, Dr. Bonabeau was the CEO of Eurobios, then a joint venture with Cap Gemini Ernst &Young, applying the science of complex adaptive systems to business issues. He was a research director with France Telecom R&D, an R&D engineer with Cadence Design Systems and the Interval Research Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. Dr. Bonabeau also sits on the advisory board of several Fortune 500 corporations.
He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journals “Advances in Complex Systems” (World Scientific) and “ACM Transactions on Adaptive and Autonomous Systems” (ACM Press) and serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals. He is the co-author of “Self-Organization in Biological Systems”, a best-selling biology textbook. His articles in Harvard Business Review (“Swarm Intelligence,” May 2001; “Predicting the Unpredictable,” March 2002; “Don't Trust Your Gut,” May 2003; “The Perils of the Imitation Age,” June 2004; “You Heard It Here First,” February 2005; “What Is Luxury Without Variety?,” February 2006; “The Two Faces of New Product Development,” November 2007) and MIT Sloan Management Review (“Understanding and Managing Complexity Risk,” Summer 2007) have all been exploring the limits of human decision making in a complex, decentralized and unpredictable world.
He has a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Paris-Sud University, and is an alumnus of Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications.