Michele Tirico

About me

about me

I received in 2020 a Ph.D. degree in computer science at University of Le Havre Normandy (LITIS laboratory, RI2C team). I am interested in the modeling and simulation of complex systems and spatial networks, with a focus on urban dynamics.


e-mail tirico.michele@univ-lehavre.fr

For any questions, feel free to contact me via e-mail.

University of Le Havre Normandy

25 rue Philippe Lebon, Le Havre, France, room G010

Public school of engineers post-bac, ISEL

1137 Quai Frissard, Le Havre, France, room 427

Accademic positions and experieces


2018-2021 Researcher and teaching assistant (ATER) at ISEL.


2015-2016 Assistant in research laboratory at UMR 7300 ESPACE

2015 Erasmus+ traineeship at UMR 7300 ESPACE



Researcher and teaching assistant (ATER)

Higher Institute of Logistic Studies, public school of engineers post-bac (ISEL), 2018-2021

Role: lecturer and tutor. Helped write assignments and exams.

Topics: programming and Python language, web page design, office, mail, web security.


Ph.D. in computer science

University of Le Havre Normandy, Litis laboratory, France, 11/2020

Title Morphogenesis of complex networks. An application in urban growth. no file

Loboratory LITIS, RI2C team

Keywords complex networks, complex systems, morphogenesis, spatial networks, reaction-diffusion systems, urban growth models, graph generator, fractal theory.

Advisor Damien Olivier (full professor, University of Le Havre Normandy)

Abstract The characteristics, functions and morphogenetic processes of a large number of complex spatial networks are influenced by the position and the geometry of their constituent elements. In this work, we address the computational aspects of the morphogenesis of complex networks by proposing a general model, simulating their formation. The networks are generated under the influence of constraints expressed through a vector field that is determined using a reaction-diffusion system. We use the Gray-Scott model to produce a wide variety of dynamic patterns. The resulting vector field controls the geometry and the growth rate of the constructed network that feeds back the reaction-diffusion process. A study was carried out on the influence of the patterns and feedback processes on the structure of the obtained networks using measures from graph theory and multi-fractality theory. A process of validation and evaluation of the model's behaviour was carried out and applied by comparing the networks obtained to largest French cities and the most relevant geometric planar graphs.

Msc in Geography

University of Côte d'Azur, Nice, France, 07/2016

Master Geoprospective, Planning and Sustainability: Spatial Structures and Dynamics (Geoprad Sds)

Thesis title Discriminer des morphologies urbaines : Application des approches configurationnelles à l’agglomération de Nice no file

Laboratory UMR 7300 ESPACE

Advisor Giovanni Fusco (full professor, CNRS Senior Research Fellow)

Topics Urban morphology, spatial analysis, street network analysis, configurational analysis, space syntax.

Msc in Architecture and Construction Engineering

University of Pisa, Italy, 12/2015

Topics Architectural design, material and construction technology, graphic computer science,urban planning, urban analysis.

Thesis title Centralità urbana e connettività. Applicazione delle tecniche di analisi configurazionale nel progetto di riqualificazione urbana dell’abitato di Saint-Laurent-du-Var nell’area metropolitana di Nizza

Laboratory DESTEC

Advisors Valerio Cutini (full professor, University of Pisa) and Giovanni Fusco (full professor, CNRS Senior Research Fellow)

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