Monday, July 16, 20123:00 PM - 4:00 PMCNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)|
Walter FontanaHarvard Medical School
The notion of model must be reconceptualized to play a significant role in molecular systems biology. Models and knowledge representation must become twin sides of a single reasoning process: a model should be a transparent, formal and executable representation of the facts it rests upon. For a specific slice of systems biology, these facts describe the interaction capabilities of proteins, by reference to their biophysical features, and can be written as abstract rules in a formal language. A rule is a schema that implicitly represents myriads of potential reactions, which traditional models must - yet cannot - enumerate explicitly. I will review for a general audience the idea of rule-based modeling and extant tools for simulating and analyzing the dynamical behavior of rule collections, concluding with a few thoughts on the road ahead.
Host: Bill Hlavacek