I have spent this week (Sept 19-24th) attending the “Computational Modeling in Biology” Network (COMBINE) meeting. COMBINE is an initiative to coordinate the development of the various community standards and formats in systems biology and related fields.
Over the years we have used and developed a number of simulation development methodologies and toolkits, and were interested in how we could both incorporate some of our techniques with others and potentially have some input into developing future standards. At this meeting I organised and chaired an afternoon discussion session around standards for agent-based modelling, provided a talk at the conference itself, and presented our tools on a poster (available here). Some very useful discussions were had that will inform some of our future tool development and hopefully lead to collaborations with others developing computational biology tools.
Here’s the conference photo, I’m in there somewhere.