This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. In order to support the required flexibility and future extensibility of our generalized PSE architecture, an additional physical modeling layer will be introduced. The current Virtual Cell features a direct transformation from a domain-specific quantitative process description (the physiological model consisting of chemical, electrophysiological, and transport mechanisms) and user specified assumptions directly to a purely mathematical model. Implicit in this transformation from biological processes to mathematics are the choice of specific physical approximations, geometric mappings, time scales, and the underlying physical laws. The addition of additional modeling domains as well as explicit models of measurement devices (e.g. virtual experiments) call out for an intermediate physical layer where all processes (and equations) are explicit, but still map one-to-one with the process descriptions. The translation from interconnected """"""""physical devices"""""""" to solvable systems of equations is then isolated from the formulation of a physically consistent model. Embedded in this layer are the semantics of physical consistency along with those of mathematical consistency. We will define the semantics and operations of this physical layer and provide a reference implementation (allowing for alternate representations such as CellML and Modelica). The specification of this layer provides room for specialized and sophisticated mathematical transformations to transform the physical/mathematical systems into a solvable form.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR013186-14
Application #
8362506
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-CB-L (40))
Project Start
2011-05-01
Project End
2012-04-30
Budget Start
2011-05-01
Budget End
2012-04-30
Support Year
14
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$31,632
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Connecticut
Department
Anatomy/Cell Biology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
022254226
City
Farmington
State
CT
Country
United States
Zip Code
06030
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