SICSA DVF: Adriana Compagnoni, Towards a Computational Modelling Platform for Complex Systems Stimulation

Date(s) - 27/05/2014
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

G44, Earl Mountbatten Buildings, Heriot-Watt University

Welcome to the 2013/14 Heriot-Watt University’s MACS Computer Science Seminar Series!

SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Adriana Compagnoni, Stevens Institute of Technology
Towards a Computational Modeling Platform for Complex Systems Simulation

May 27, 2014 2:15pm-3:15pm, Room EM G.44

The 2013 Chemistry Nobel Prize winners, Karplus, Levitt, and Warshel,
were instrumental in constructing the first computational models able
to predict the effects of chemical reactions, by combining classical
Newtonian physics and quantum physics. Their contribution was a
dramatic demonstration of the long-term trend of computational models
becoming an essential tool in engineering and science. These models
are used to predict the weather and climate change, estimate drug
doses in laboratory experiments, anticipate the behavior of the stock
market, and represent signal transduction pathways, to name a few
examples. They are part of everyday life from recreation to medicine,
from finances to education.

Despite its broad spectrum of applications and the vast number of
computational models built, model construction remains primarily an
ad-hoc activity, where an expert or small team creates a piece of
software describing the behavior of the agents partaking in a specific
real world scenario being represented.

An alternative scenario consists of a modeling platform based on a
specification formalism where the user builds a model by describing
agents’ behavior and attributes.

In this talk, I will share our experience in developing a computational
modeling platform, its application to simulating antibacterial
surfaces, and the fascinating road ahead.

Host: Prof. Fairouz Kamareddine

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