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Clément Moreau

Postdoctoral Researcher in Applied Mathematics

I am a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at RIMS in Kyoto University since October 2020. I am working there with Dr. Kenta Ishimoto.

I have obtained my PhD in June 2020. It took place both at Inria Sophia-Antipolis and Université Paris Dauphine-PSL, under the supervision of Laetitia Giraldi, Pierre Lissy and Jean-Baptiste Pomet.
During year 2016-2017, I was invited at University of York by Dr Hermes Gadêlha, who is now Senior Lecturer at University of Bristol (UK).
I am a former student at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France).

Here is my CV.

Research Interests

My research deals with mathematical control theory and its applications to microfluidics and micro-swimming.


I study the motion of swimming micro-organisms through modelling, controllability analysis and numerical simulations. I use the tools of control theory on various models to better understand, predict or influence related phenomena.

Magnetic micro-robots and local controllability

I have worked on a model of magnetized elastic micro-swimmer, controlled by an external magnetic field, and studied its controllability properties around equilibria. In a more general framework, I am interested in local controllability conditions for control-affine systems.

State-constrained controllability

I take interest in the subject of state-constrained controllability of PDE systems. In particular, I am investigating nonnegative state controllability of linear and semilinear coupled parabolic systems.


Controllability in finite and infinite dimension and applications to life-inspired nonlinear systems
Supervised by:

  • Laetitia Giraldi, Chargée de recherche (junior researcher) at Inria Sophia
  • Pierre Lissy, Maître de Conférences (assistant professor) at Université Paris-Dauphine
  • Jean-Baptiste Pomet, Directeur de recherche (senior researcher) at Inria Sophia
I defended on June 17th, 2020. The manuscript is available here.


  • C. Moreau, K. Ishimoto, E. A. Gaffney, B. J. Walker, Control and controllability of microswimmers by a shearing flow, Royal Society Open Science, 8:211141, 2021.
  • P. Lissy, C. Moreau, State-constrained controllability of linear reaction-diffusion systems, ESAIM:COCV 27, pp. 70-91, 2021.
  • C. Moreau, Local controllability of a magnetized Purcell's swimmer, IEEE Control Systems Letters 3, pp. 637-642, 2019.
    DOI hal
  • C. Moreau, L. Giraldi, H. Gadêlha, The asymptotic coarse-graining formulation of slender-rods, bio-filaments and flagella. J. R. Soc. Interface 15: 20180235, 2018.
    DOI arxiv
  • L. Giraldi, P. Lissy, C. Moreau and J.-B. Pomet, Addendum to ''Local Controllability of the Two-Link Magneto-Elastic Micro-Swimmer'', IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 63, 2303-2305, 2018.
    DOI arxiv


  • C. Moreau, K. Ishimoto, Driving a microswimmer with wall-induced flow, submitted.
  • B. J. Walker, K. Ishimoto, E. A. Gaffney, C. Moreau, The control of particles in the Stokes limit, submitted.
  • L. Giraldi, P. Lissy, C. Moreau and J.-B. Pomet, Necessary conditions for local controllability of a particular class of systems with two scalar controls, under revision.
  • Communications






    • 11-13/12/2019, Local controllability of a magnetized Purcell's swimmer, 58th Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Nice, France
    • 8-12/07/2019, Necessary Condition for Local Controllability, 2019 Equadiff Conference, Leiden, Netherlands
    • 20-24/05/2019, Une condition nécessaire de contrôlabilité locale pour une classe particulière de systèmes à deux contrôles, Colloque Inter'Actions, Bordeaux, France
    • 13-17/05/2019, Une condition nécessaire de contrôlabilité locale pour une classe particulière de systèmes à deux contrôles, Congrès SMAI, Guidel, France



    • 13-14/11/2017, Controllability of a Magneto-Elastic Micro-Swimmer, PGMO Days 2017, EDF Lab Paris-Saclay, France



    • TD "Analyse 3" at Université Paris-Dauphine (2nd-year Mathematics and Economics uncergrad). Teacher: Jacques Féjoz
    • Mini-course: "An easy-to-use fluid-structure simulator for active/passive rods/filaments" for graduate students of the Department of Engineering Mathematics at University of Bristol


    • TD "Statistiques" at ISEM Nice (1st-year Economics undergrad).
    • TD "Statistiques descriptives" at Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (2nd-year Mathematics and Computer Science undergrad). Teacher: Roland Masson


    • TD "Mathématiques 2" at ISEM Nice (1st-year Economics undergrad). Teacher: Claire Chavaudret


    I was representing the PhD students at the CEREMADE lab council from November 2019 to September 2020. I was also part of the CEREMADE's "Comité parité" from March 2019 to September 2020.
    Since October 2018, I am a writer for the press review section of the Images des Mathématiques website.
    I participated to the JSPS Science Dialogue program by giving a lecture in English to Japanese high school students in Nagoya on February 9th, 2021.



    cmoreau /at/ kurims /dot/


    Office n° 202 - Maskawa Building
    RIMS - Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences
    Kyoto University
    Kyoto 606-8502, Japan