Cell modeling with reusable agent-based formalisms

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Cell modeling with reusable agent-based formalisms
Biologists are building increasingly complex models and simulations of cells and other biological entities, and are looking at alternatives to traditional representations. Making use of the objectoriented (OO) paradigm, the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Real-time Object-Oriented Modeling (ROOM) visual formalisms, and the Rational Rose RealTime (RRT) visual modeling tool, we summarize a previously-described multi-step process for constructing top-down models of cells. We first construct a simple model of a cell using an architecture in which all objects are containers, agents, or passive objects. We then reuse these architectural principles and components to extend our simple cell model into a more complex cell, the goal being to demonstrate that encapsulation familiar to artificial intelligence researchers can be employed by systems biologists in their models. A red blood cell is embedded in a straight-forward manner within a larger system, which is in turn iteratively embedded ...
Ken Webb, Tony White
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Type Journal
Year 2006
Where APIN
Authors Ken Webb, Tony White
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