International Workshop on Information Processing in Cells and Tissues

1 - 4 September 1997

University of Sheffield

IPCAT97 will be held in Sheffield on 1 - 4 September 1997.


EPSRC have made available 6 bursaries to enable EPSRC-funded PhD students to attend the workshop. The bursaries cover the costs of accommodation and registration but not travel to Sheffield.

Students wishing to be considered for a bursary should contact Mike Holcombe (m.holcombe@dcs.shef.ac.uk) without delay.


The purpose of the IPCAT workshop series is to bring together multidisciplinary groups of scientists working in the general area of modelling cells and tissues.

A central theme will be the nature of biological information and the ways it is processed in cells and tissues. The workshop is intended to provide a forum to report research, discuss emerging topics and gain new insights into information processing systems, enzyme and gene networks, second messenger systems and signal transduction, automata models, PDP models, cellular automata models, molecular computing, single neuron computation, information processing in developmental systems, information processing in neural and non neural systems and new insights into non linear aspects of physiological behaviour.

A key motivation is to provide a common ground for dialogue and reporting research without emphasising one particular research constituency or way of modelling or singular issue in this area. IPCAT '97 will seek to further the meaningful dialogue and exchange of ideas started at IPCAT '95 between biologists, physicists, computer scientists and mathematicians.

Sponsored by: SmithKline Beecham, GPT, Unilever, Hewlett-Packard, Geomica and EPSRC.

Sheffield is a large and lively city with good transport links to all parts of the country. The city is surprisingly green and has many excellent sporting, social, shopping and other facilities. The meeting will take place in Halifax Hall a former steel baron's mansion which has been extensively refurbished to provide high grade accommodation. It is located in Broomhill a leafy suburb of Sheffield about 10 minutes walk from the main University campus and 20 minutes from the city centre. The pleasant surroundings were once described by John Betjeman as being the "prettiest suburb in England".

Accommodation and meals will be available from Sunday evening (August 31st.). The meeting will commence on Monday 1st. September at 9.00.

S Baigent, J Stark & A Warner (UK) Some Aspects of Gap Junction Dynamics in Embryonic Systems

L Belousov (Russia) Morphomechanical Feedback in Embryonic Development

M Bogdan & W. Rosentiel (Germany) Real Time Processing of Nerve Signals for Controlling Limb Prostheses

M Butler, R Paton & P Leng (UK) Information Processing in Computational Tissues

J Chandler (USA) Semiotics of Emergence of a Simple Cell

T Chay (USA) Bursting of Pancreatic Beta-Cells via Intracellular Calcium Stores

P D'haeseleer, X Wen, S Fuhrman & R Somogyi (USA) Mining the Gene Expression Matrix: Inferring Gene Relationships from Large Scale Gene Expression Data

D Friel (USA) Calcium-induced Calcium Release in Sympathetic Neurons: Kinetic Modulation of Depolarization-induced Ca Elevations

B Gutkin & B Ermentrout (USA) Theta-neuron, a one Dimensional Spiking Model that Reproduces in vitro and in vivo Spiking Characteristics of Cortical Neurons

M Holcombe & A Bell (UK) Computational models of immunological pathways

A Holden, G Kremmydas & A Bezerianos (UK) Organ Function and Cell Behaviour: Simulating Disturbances in Ventricular Propagation

F Hong (USA) Control Laws in the Mesoscopic Processes of Biocomputing

T Kaminuma, T Igarashi, T Nakano & J Miwa (Japan) A Computer System that Links Gene Expression to Spatial Organisation in C elegans

M Keulers & H Kuriyama (Japan) Extracellular Signalling in an Oscillatory Yeast Culture

R Kotter, D Schirok & K Zilles (Germany) A Quantitative Model of Dopamine-mediated Dephosphorylation of N/P-type Calcium Channels in Striatal Principal Neurons

J Nauroschat & U an der Heiden (Germany) Transmembrane Signalling and Action of G-protein-coupled Receptor Kinase

H Okamoto & K Ichikawa (Japan) Amplification of the Switching Characteristics of the Biochemical Reaction Network Involving CaM Kinases II: Implications for LTP induced by a Single Burst given at a peak of the theta Oscillation

R Paton & K Matsuno (UK) Verbs, Glue and Categories in the Cellular Economy

T Pearce (UK) Applications of computational neuroscience models of the biological olfactory pathway to machine odour-sensing

S Schuster, M Marhl, M Brumen & R Heinrich (Germany) Influence of Calcium Binding to Proteins on Calcium Oscillations and ER Membrane Potential Oscillations. A Mathematical Model

S Scullion, D Brown & G Leng (UK) A Model of LHRH 'self-priming' at the Pituitary

M Shackleton & C Winter (UK) A Computational Architecture based on Cellular Processing

R Somogyi & S Fuhrman (USA) Distributivity, a General Information Theoretic Network Measure, or why the whole is more than the sum of its parts

A Spirov & M Samsonova (Russia) The GeNet database as a tool for the analysis of regulatory gene networks

J Wellner & A Schierwagen (Germany) CA-like Simulations of Dynamic Neural Fields

J Zeigler, P Dittrich & W Banzhaf (Germany) A Metabolic Robot Control System

Posters on topics relating to the purpose of the workshop are welcome, please contact the organisers.

Further details of the talks.
Programme (Postscript version).
Programme (Text version).

Registration details

The cost of attendance, including four nights accommodation, all meals and the conference dinner, will be 306 (sterling) for standard single rooms with shared facilities and 330 for rooms with en-suite accommodation. For those making other arrangements for overnight accommodation, the rate will be 130, which will include lunch, coffee and tea.
The rate for full-time research students is 250 including accommodation. For those requiring accommodation for a shorter period the cost will be reduced by 56 per night (en-suite) or 44 per night (standard).

All payments should be made in sterling (pounds)

All delegates will receive the IPCAT97 proceedings at registration and will be sent, when it is published by Plenum Press, the book of the workshop.

You may use the electronic registration form here

Payment may be by (sterling) cheque, money order or cash, and may be made prior to or on arrival at the colloquium. Cheques should be made payable to University of Sheffield and sent to: IPCAT97 c/o Professor Mike Holcombe Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 211 Portobello Street, SHEFFIELD S1 4DP, UK

Local Arrangements

The meeting will start at 9 o'clock on Monday 1st September 1997 and continue through until the morning of Thursday 4th September. There will be food available on the evening of Sunday 31st August, as well as accommodation for that night. Accommodation for the night of Wednesday 3rd. September is included.

Details of how to travel to Sheffield can be found on the University of Sheffield's web pages - see below.

Local Organisers

Further information about IPCAT: