Computational Methods in Systems Biology: First International Workshop, CMSB 2003, Roverto, Italy, February 24-26, 2003 Corrado Priami Editor
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Molecularbiologyhasuntilnowmainlyfocussedonindividualmolecules,on theirpropertiesasisolatedentitiesorascomplexesinverysimplemodelsystems. However,biologicalmoleculesinlivingsystemsparticipateinverycomplexn- works,includingregulatorynetworksforgeneexpression,intracellularmetabolic networksandbothintra-andintercellularcommunicationnetworks. Suchn- worksareinvolvedinthemaintenance(homeostasis)aswellasthedi?erentiation ofcellularsystemsofwhichwehaveaveryincompleteunderstanding. Nevertheless,theprogressinmolecularbiologyhasmadepossiblethedetailed descriptionofthecomponentsthatconstitutelivingsystems,notablygenesand proteins. Large-scalegenomesequencingmeansthatwecan(atleastinpr- ciple)delineateallmacromolecularcomponentsofagivencellularsystem,and microarrayexperimentsaswellaslarge-scaleproteomicswillsoongiveuslarge amountsofexperimentaldataongeneregulation,molecularinteractionsand cellularnetworks. Thechallengeofthe21stcenturywillbetounderstandhow theseindividualcomponentsintegrateintocomplexsystemsandthefunction andevolutionofthesesystems,thusscalingupfrommolecularbiologytos- temsbiology. Bycombiningexperimentaldatawithadvancedformaltheories fromcomputerscience,”theformallanguageforbiologicalsystems”tospecify dynamicmodelsofinteractingmolecularentitieswouldbeessentialfor:(i)- derstandingthenormalbehaviourofcellularprocesses,andhowchangesmay a?ecttheprocessesandcausedisease–itmaybepossibletocorrelategenetic propertiesandsymptomsinnewandmoree?cientways,basedonanactual- derstandingofhowvariousprocessesinteract;(ii)providingpredictabilityand ?exibilitytoacademic,pharmaceutical,biotechnologyandmedicalresearchers studyinggeneorproteinfunctions. Inparticular,itmaysavetimebyreducing thenumberofexperimentsneeded,ifinadequatehypothesescanbeexcludedby computersimulation. Inresponsetothecallforpapers39weresubmittedtoCMSB2003. Allthe submittedpaperswerereviewedandtheprogrammecommittee(listedbelow) selected11high-qualitypapersforpublicationinthisvolume. Thecareofthe reviewersandoftheprogrammecommitteemembersinreviewingthepapers wassurelyvaluable. Afurther11paperswereselectedonlyforpresentationat theworkshopinordertostimulatediscussions(anabstractisincluded). AttheworkshopEhudShapiroandMichaelSterngavetwoinvited talks whosetopicsaredescribedinpapersincludedinthisvolume. Theprogramme committeedecidedtoacceptforpublicationinthisvolumealsosomeposition papers that highlight the research trends in this new ?eld of computational methodsinsystemsbiology. Thereasonisthatbecausethisisthe?rstedition ofaworkshopinthisfast-growing?eldalargeviewofpotentialtopicsofresearch wasconsideredextremelyimportant. Rovereto,December2002 CorradoPriami ProgrammeCommitteeofCMSB 2003 CorradoPriami(Chair),UniversityofTrento(Italy), CharlesAu?ray,CNRS,Villejuif(France), CosimaBaldari,Universi&tgrave;adiSiena(Italy), AlexanderBockmayr,Universi&tacute;eHenriPoincaŕe(France), LucaCardelli,MicrosoftResearchCambridge(UK), VincentDanos,Universi&tacute;eParisVII(France), PierpaoloDegano,Universitad ' iPisa(Italy), Francois ¸ Fages,INRIA,Rocquencourt(France), DrabløsFinn,NorwegianUniversityofScienceandTechnology,Trondheim(N- way), MonikaHeiner,BrandenburgUniversityofTechnologyatCottbus(Germany), InaKoch,UniversityofAppliedSciencesBerlin,(Germany), JohnE. Ladbury,UniversityCollegeLondon(UK), PatrickLincoln,SRI(USA), SatoruMiyano,UniversityofTokyo(Japan), GordonPlotkin,UniversityofEdinburgh(UK), SimonPlyte,PharmaciaCorporation(Italy), AvivRegev,WeizmannInstituteofScience(Israel), MagaliRoux-Rouquíe,BSMIPasteurInstitute(France), VincentSchachter,HybrigenicsParis(France), MasaruTomita,KeioUniversity(Japan), AdelindeUhrmacher,UniversityofRostock(Germany), AlfonsoValencia,CNB-CSIC,CentroNacionaldeBiotecnologia(Spain), OlafWolkenhauer,UMIST,Manchester(UK) Local Organizing Committee Corrado Priami, Linda Brodo, Michela de Concini, Debora Schuch da Rosa Machado,andtheUniversityofTrentoEventsandMeetingsO?ce. List ofReferees F. Abascal,N. Chabrier,A. Cimatti,M. Curti,M. D. Devignes,S. Gnesi, J. Guijarro,K. Hafez,E. Klipp,C. Laneve,P. LopezRomero,F. Luccio, R. Marangoni,M. Padron,M. C. Pinotti,R. Rizzi,S. Tini. Acknowledgement TheworkshopwassponsoredandpartiallysupportedbytheUniversityofTrento, ComunediRovereto,APT,andtheEUprojectIST-32072-DEGAS. Table of Contents IInvitedPapers CellsasComputation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 AmitaiRegevandEhudShapiro FormalModelingofC. elegansDevelopment:AScenario-BasedApproach . . . 4 Na’aman Kam,David Harel,Hillel Kugler, RamiMarelly, AmirPnueli, E. JaneAlbertHubbard, andMichael J. Stern IIRegularPapers Causal?-CalculusforBiochemicalModelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Michele Curti,Pierpaolo Degano, andCosima Tatiana Baldari GraphsforCoreMolecularBiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Vincent Danos and Cosimo Lan

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