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13 PhD students of dIEM oSiRiS visiting Monterey, CA

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First Track on Modeling and Simulation Methods in Computational Biology in the Winter Simulation Conference.

The track "Modeling and Simulation Methods in Computational Biology" was organized took place in Monterey, CA from the 2nd of December until the 6th of December 2006 as part of the Winter Simulation conference.  It was the first track to be organized on this subject in the Winter Simulation conference. The track brought together people from data bases, visualization, simulation, and verification. In the area of modeling and simulation both communities: the continuous and discrete one was present. The track was multi-disciplinary by nature, including computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, biologists, physicians, and chemists.  The participants came from the US, Japan, Italy, Sweden, England, Israel, Switzerland, and Germany. As always a track lives from all the active people involved, first to name are Herbert Sauro who helped in organizing the event and gave a keynote talk revealing fascinating insights and emerging challenges of this striving field and David Harel who agreed to travel more than 10000 miles to give a thought provoking talk on comprehensive modeling. Also all other participants contributed with high quality talks and a lively discussion to the success of the track. Thus, this track not only met but surpassed all our expectations as being an ideal platform for our PhD students to start their research.

From the beginning the students seized the opportunity to discuss open problems and questions with world leading scientists. E.g. Dagmar Koehn met for several hours with Michael Hucka to discuss her ideas about standards in Systems Biology in detail and promptly received an invitation to give a talk at the Workshop Systems Biology Bioinformatics Synthetic Biology in January, 2007. In the poster session out of the 21 posters in our track 6 came from the University of Rostock and showed preliminary research results of our PhD students. Lively discussions that continued even after the poster session had already been officially closed showed the topicality and the promises of the research already done and proposed.
The poster on visualization large sets of differential equation by Hans-Joerg Schulz was selected for a short talk from an independent jury and received a lot of positive feedback.

But not only from a scientific point of view the travel to Monterey proved to be a success, also it was a lot of fun and we all got to know each other better and had ample opportunities to discuss the subjects we are working on!

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