Aims and Scope
According to the definitions quoted above, Systems Biology and Artificial Life both involve computer modelling of living systems, and both aim at revealing mechanisms that underlie biological processes and phenomena. Systems Biology is closely associated with analysing "postgenomic" data, coming from novel, high-throughput methods such as microarrays, mass spectroscopy etc. On the other hand, Artificial Life embraces computational models as objects of experimentation. The Systems Biology and Artificial Life communities can mutually benefit from each other. Artificial Life models can be tested using biological data from high-throughput measurements, Systems Biology methods can be evaluated using Artifical Life models, and modelling approaches can be compared and finally be integrated to arrive at advanced models of biological systems.
The Systems Biology workshop at the ECAL 2005 will focus on bringing the Systems Biology and the Artificial Life communities closer together in order to enable such synergies. To achieve this, it will provide an introduction into Systems Biology which is accessible to a general Artificial Life audience, and presentations of research from (the intersection of) Systems Biology and Artificial Life. The workshop intends to bridge gaps and difficulties that result from differences in technical jargon, to increase the awareness of Systems Biology progress in the Artificial Life community, and to give Systems Biology researchers an opportunity to discuss their work under Artificial Life perspectives.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to
Developing and strengthening links between Systems Biology and Artificial Life is a major focus of the Systems Biology Workshop at the European Conference on Artificial Life. Therefore, contributions that are accessible and relevant to both fields are especially encouraged. Examples of such work includes generic computational and mathematical modelling approaches and tools, approaches to parameterise such model based on "post-genomic" data sets, application of bio-inspired techniques for analysing such data sets, and more. Furthermore, we also solicit reviews of research in Systems Biology and Artificial Life that are suitable for providing a common basis, enabling communication and collaboration among the communities.
All accepted contributions will be published in the ECAL 2005 Workshop Proceedings, which will be provided on CD to all ECAL 2005 workshop participants. In addition, papers accepted for the Workshop will be considered for publication in a special issue of Artificial Life devoted to Systems Biology.
Papers should be formatted according to the instructions for authors provided at the ECAL 2005 website. In addition to full papers, extended abstracts, which must provide reviewers with a self-contained description of content to be presented, are also acceptable.
Publication in the special issue of Artificial Life on Systems Biology is subject to an additional review process.
As specified in the ECAL 2005 instructions for authors, papers have to be submitted as PDF files. Further technical details on the submission process will be posted here in the future.