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This consortium aims to lead the world in the field of bio-informatics by gathering software technologies from throughout Japan. Member companies will dispatch young researchers to Keio University's Shonan-Fujisawa Campus or the Tsuruoka Town Campus for a period of one to three years. These researchers will be engaged in software development or model construction as members of the E-CELL project under the leadership of Keio University. Results obtained shall first be made available to member companies. The consortium plans to release results at academic meetings and publicize the results around the world under the logo marks of the member companies.
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In recent years, cell modeling computer simulation has been attracting attention as a new methodology to understand the dynamic behavior of complex intra-cell metabolism. This will be one of the most important technologies in the 21st century in terms of its applications to industries including medical care, development of drugs, industrial applications of microorganism and environmental purification. SFC started the "E-CELL project" for cell simulation in 1995, developed the base software for simulation and constructed various cell metabolic models using this software. However, software technology and modeling technology for cell simulation are still under development and there are many problems to be solved before a large-scale cell model can be constructed.
Challenges to be considered
1) Improvement of the simulator core
2) Development of session description/management, and user interaction
3) Development of a modeling environment
Research plan and expected results
This project constructs advanced E-CELL software bases and models that may be shared within the cell simulation research communities that meet the following requirements, and seeks opportunities to apply this technology to food, drug and medical fields.
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