PAIS: Process Algebras for Interaction and Spatiality (in System Biology)

Funding:

British Council, Italian Partnership Programme 2009, GPB 3,000

Duration:

January 2009 - December 2009

Summary:

Recently Computer Science has provided conceptual frameworks that have been applied, among others, to biological phenomena. Remarkably, several results have been obtained by exploiting computer science methodologies to Systems Biology (eg, executable models of biological phenomena).
As a matter of fact, the evolution of biological system may be modelled in terms of interactions of its components (reactant, metabolites, etc.) very much like a computation is carried by a distributed computer system (eg, peer-to-peer networks, like Skype or Gnutella).
This project applies process algebras techniques (tiny but powerful and expressive "programming languages" featuring interactions among separated components) to model and analyse aspects related to the effect of spatial distance in biological (and computer) interactions.

People:

E Tuosto

Partners:

Dr Andrea Bracciali (Pisa, Italy)

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