Einladung zum Vortrag im Kolloquium Technische Kybernetik
The Role of Mathematical Modelling in Hypothesis-Driven Cell Biology
Hypotheses are nets: He who casts will catch
Prof. Olaf Wolkenhauer
Lehrstuhl für Systembiologie und Bioinformatik
Zeit: Dienstag · 6. 2. 2006 · 16:00 Uhr
Ort: IST-Seminarraum 3.241 · Pfaffenwaldring 9 · Campus Stuttgart-Vaihingen
A new paradigm should challenge the way research has been
conducted previously. This presentation is going to argue the case
for systems biology, defined as a merger of systems theory with
Systems biology signals a shift of focus away from molecular
characterization towards an understanding of functional activity.
Relatively simple biochemical reaction networks demonstrate that
an understanding of cell function as dynamic processes demands a
hypothesis-driven approach: data do not speak for themselves.
Looking at the nature of experiments and data generated,
the presentation is going to argue that for an understanding of
cell function, new and more mathematical approaches are necessary.
The motivation for this presentation is to convince the experimentalists
that there is nothing more practical than a good theory!
Olaf Wolkenhauer's first degrees in control engineering are from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany and the
University of Portsmouth, U.K. in 1994. His PhD (1997) was on the application of possibility theory to data analysis. Following a
research lectureship at the Control Systems Centre at UMIST, Manchester and an invited visiting position at the Technical University
Delft, Netherlands in 1999-2000, he held a joint senior lectureship with the Department of Biomolecular Sciences and the Department of
Electrical Engineering and Electronics, at UMIST. After ten years at the Control Systems Centre, he accepted in 2003 the C4 Chair in
Systems Biology and Bioinformatics at the Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Rostock, Germany.
Between 2003 and 2006 he was a visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics at The University of Manchester and since October 2004 he
is an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University. In 2005 he
was a fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies (STIAS). He is one of the founding editors of the journal 'Systems
Biology'. More information: www.sbi.uni-rostock.de