Colloquia Patavina: Algorithmic Systems Biology


Mercoledi' 9 Dicembre 2009 alle ore 16:00 in aula 1A/150 della
Torre Archimede il Professor Corrado Priami dell'Universita' di Trento e del Microsoft Research - University of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology (CoSBi) terra' una conferenza della serie Colloquia Patavina.

La Commissione Colloquia
M.A. Garuti, M. Pavon, M. Pitteri, F. Rossi

Algorithmic Systems Biology

Corrado Priami - Universita' di Trento - Microsoft Research - University of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology (CoSBi)

The convergence between computer science and biology occurred in successive waves, involving deeper and deeper concepts of computing. The current situation makes computer science a suitable candidate for becoming a philosophical foundation for systems biology with the same importance as mathematics, chemistry and physics. However, this significant opportunity is not a free lunch. New developments and a strong integration of different fields of computing are needed to face the challenges of systems biology. One of these developments is that of a complex and expanding applicative domain that can open entirely new avenues of research in computing and eventually help it become a natural, quantitative science.

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Corrado Priami obtained his Bachelor and PhD degrees in Computer Science at the University of Pisa, visited as associate researcher at the laboratory LIX, Ecole Politechnique, Paris (1995) and the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris under an EC Marie Curie TMR grant (1996). He was a researcher and associate professor at the University of Verona (1997-2001). Currently, he is a professor of Computer Science at the University of Trento. The results of his PhD thesis on stochastic pi-calculus were the basis for the foundation of the Microsoft Research - University of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology (CoSBi), of which he is the President and CEO. Those same results, besides constituting the scientific foundation of CoSBi, are recognized as fundamental in the field of systems biology by an expanding international community, which is using them to model the behavior of biological systems (the CMSB conference is a milestone of this). Professor Priami was member of the expert group on the EU 7th FP of the CRUI and has participated in many projects promoted by the European Commission for the advancement of emerging areas of research. He regularly serves on the evaluation committees for projects presented by the European Commission, is an anonymous reviewer for many international journals, and serves in the review panels of the Science Foundation Ireland for institutes of systems biology and of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. His research covers computational methods for the modelling, analysis, and simulation of biological systems, programming languages, and formal computational theories. Professor Priami has published over 120 papers in international journals and conferences, given approximately 40 invited talks and lectures at conferences and universities around the world, participated in the program committees for 21 international conferences (ten of which he was chair), is a member of three steering committees of international conferences (of which one he is president), is editor-in-chief of the international journal Transactions on Computational Systems Biology and member of the editorial board of the international journal Bioinformatics Research and Applications. He founded the international conferences "Computational Methods in Systems Biology (CMSB)," which is continuing to grow, and "Converging Sciences," whose success has been described by many international journals. Professor Priami is currently a member of ISTAG (Information Society Technologies Advisory Group) of the European Commission.

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