Systems biology: what is the software of life?
The BCS Edinburgh Branch Sidney Michaelson Memorial Lecture (about Sidney Michaelson)
In partnership with the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Wednesday 26th March 2006, 8:00 pm
Speaker: Professor Muffy Calder BSc PhD FRSE FBCS FIEE, University of Glasgow.
Venue: National Museum of Scotland - Lecture Theatre
Admission by ticket only - available from the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
In this talk I will consider the question “what does cellular biology have to do with computer science”. I will start out explaining the basics of both, explaining in way that make them sound very different, but then I will turn argument on its head and show analogies. The main analogy will be cell signalling: how messages are sent around our body. I will briefly explore how ideas go from life sciences to computing science, and then concentrate on the opposite, from computing science to life sciences, mainly concentrating on signalling, but also bringing in some other areas.
In all cases I will use my own personal experience to convey excitement of field and concrete examples.
The big messages are 1) you never know where research is going, 2) the differences and similarities between evolved and engineered systems 3) we’ve already explored biologically inspired computing, now it is time to explore computationally inspired biology, 4) the final answer: a wonderful coming together of mathematics, computer science, engineering, biochemistry and medicine.
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