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Page last updated Aug 03,  2016

How can trans-disciplinary work be inspired?

On Day 1, discuss this vital question with researchers from diverse disciplines in the context of broad Evolutionary Systems Biology research, including antibiotics resistance and the challenges of modeling.

On Day 2, explore communicating across disciplinary boundaries with experienced boundary breakers. Then roll up your sleeves and contribute your opinions on various aspects of programming that matter for building trans-disciplinary simulation models.


Key dates

  • 28 July 2016 (Thursday)
    Register for attendance and catering. Please email as soon as possible if you intend to present a talk. For talks and posters, please submit an abstract when registering for attendance.

  • 4 Aug 2016 (Thursday): Workshop Day 1 (9am-6pm):
    Antibiotics, Networks, and Modeling

  • 5 Aug 2016 (Friday): Workshop Day 2 (10am-5pm):
    Trans-disciplinary communication and how to improve clarity of code

Invited Speaker

Dr. Mentewab Ayalew
Department of Biology,
Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Day 1 Workshop Session Overview

1. Antibiotics Resistance

Mentewab Ayalew (Spelman College, Atlanta, GA)

Ye Xu (UW-Madison)
Erik Wright (UW-Madison)

2. Tutorial on Network Biology

Sushmita Roy (UW-Madison)

3. Modeling various Systems in Biology

Kate Scheuer (UW-Madison)

Brian McLoone (UW-Madison),
Informal Discussion of Problems in Modeling

Day 2 Workshop Sessions

1. Inspiring Trans-disciplinary Work for EvoSysBio

Mentewab Ayalew (Spelman College, Atlanta, GA)

John Yin (UW-Madison)
Laurence Loewe & Brian McLoone (UW-Madison)
Open Discussion on Trans-Disciplinarity

2. Questioning Evolvix Syntax by Interactive Review

Laurence Loewe (UW-Madison) on Flipped Programming Language Designe and Naming
Lea Rogers (Spelman College, Atlanta, GA) et al.: Pain(t) by Logic: the Ambiguity Game
Discussion on Integrating Fundamental Modes of Computing

Workshop Organizers

Laurence Loewe
Laboratory of Genetics, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Phone: 608-316-4324, email:

Anthony Pietsch 
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
University of Wisconsin-Madison Phone: 608-316-4107



Attendance and coffee at the workshop are free, and lunch will be provided on Aug 4th; lunch on Aug 5th will not be provided. We also cannot organize lodging. There are many nice hotels in the area; please book in advance.