[Bionews] Call for Applications: Multi-Cell, Multi-Scale Modeling Tutorial

Catherine Crawley via bionews%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Tue Jan 4 13:21:26 EST 2011

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its *"Multi-Cell,
Multi-Scale Modeling Tutorial"* to be held May 18-21, 2011, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives:* This tutorial will introduce and teach a novel,
state-of-the-art approach to multi-cell, multi-scale modeling using the
Glazier-Graner-Hogeweg (GGH) and reaction kinetics network models and
the CompuCell3D (CC3D) and Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML)
simulation environments. CC3D is an Open-Source package
(www.compucell3d.org <http://www.compucell3d.org>) which allows
researchers to build, test and run sophisticated multi-cell, multi-scale
models of tissues and organs without low-level coding, while the Systems
Biology Workbench (SBW) and SOSLib suite of tools provide similar
functionality for subcell modeling. Together these tools provide
flexibility similar to MATLAB or Mathematica, but with a biological
focus and interoperate using simple integration calls. During the
tutorial, we will introduce the mathematical foundations of both models
and walk participants through a series of examples of increasing
biological and mathematical complexity. We will teach Python scripting,
which allows users to build highly complex biomedical simulations
integrating both toolkits. By the conclusion of the tutorial,
participants will have learned the skills needed to build models of e.g.
vascularized tumor growth, segmentation in vertebrate embryos or limb
bud development. Attendees will be encouraged to work on models of their
own research systems and will receive assistance from the organizers and

*Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Co-Organizers: *James A. Glazier (Director, Biocomplexity Inst.; Dept.
of Physics, Indiana Univ.); Maciek Swat (Research Scientist,
Biocomplexity Inst., Indiana Univ.); James Sluka (Senior Scientist,
Biocomplexity Inst., Indiana Univ.); Randy Heiland (Research Scientist,
Open Systems Lab, Indiana Univ.); Herbert Sauro, (Department of
Bioengineering, Univ. of Washington)

For more information about the tutorial and a link to the online
application form, go to

If needed, applicants may request travel and lodging support.
Participation is limited, and those selected to attend will be notified
within two weeks of the application deadline. *Application deadline:
February 19, 2011*

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) brings together researchers from around the world to
collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to
basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by
the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with additional support
from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Catherine Crawley, Ph.D.
Communications Coordinator
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
University of Tennessee
1534 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996-1527
Phone: (865) 974-9350
Fax: (865) 974-9461
Email: ccrawley from nimbios.org

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