Biology and Computer Science: Modelling and Computing

July 10 - July 17, 2010, Lipari Island

The 30th Jacob T. Schwartz International School for Scientific Research addresses PhD students and young researchers who want to get exposed to the forefront of research activity in the field of Modelling and Computing and their applications to biology. The school will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Island of Lipari.

The theme of the school is the cross-fertilization of biology and computer science, shown by means of some examples. On the one hand, it will be shown how methods of computer science can be employed in the analysis of microarray data and in the construction of models of biological phenomena, such as cell behaviour and evolution. On the other hand, models of computing will be presented which are inspired by biology and propose new ways for representing data and elaborating them, with interesting results on the computational complexity. DNA and P systems are the models which will be described.

List of speakers

  • Sorin Draghici
    A novel systems biology approach for the analysis of signaling pathways [abstract]
    Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mi, USA

  • Alberto D’Onofrio
    Models of cellular populations [abstract]
    Department of Experimental Oncology, European Institute of Oncology, Milano, Italy

  • Sergey Gavrilets
    Models of evolution [abstract]
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Tennessee, Dabney Hall, Knoxville, USA

  • Vincenzo Manca
    Molecular computing [abstract]
    Dipartimento di Informatica, Università di Verona, Italy

  • David Harel
    Can we Computerize an Elephant? Some Thoughts on Reverse-Engineering Nature [abstract]
    Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel


  • Prof. Alfredo Ferro, (University of Catania), Co-Chair
  • Prof. Andrea Maggiolo Schettini, (University of Pisa), Co-Chair
  • Prof. Roberto Barbuti (University of Pisa), Co-Chair
  • Dr. Rosalba Giugno (University of Catania), Co-Chair
  • Dr. Alfredo Pulvirenti (University of Catania), Co-Chair