Feb 21, 2019 | 9:00—Feb 22, 2019 | 17:00
This workshop is intended to advance questions about the interplay of structure, dynamics, and evolution of non-linear regulatory systems, which are key to understanding a broad spectrum of phenomena of fundamental interest, covering dynamics of cellular organisms at a molecular level, societies, or entire ecosystems from local to global scales. The maybe most central question we may currently ask and possibly answer in this context is how systemic stability and sustainability puts evolutionary pressure on an emergent topology of the interactive system as a whole, which may allow us to explain the tendency of large regulatory systems with highly diverse components to compartmentalize into smaller “functional regulatory modules”.
Guided by a particular framework for modeling regulatory systems (almost linear systems) we will discuss questions concerning dynamic stability as an evolutionary potential at the systemic level, the dynamical implications of compartmentalization, problems around data and inference, characterizing “attractor landscapes”, or controllability and the reversibility of attractor deformations under controlled parameters. The aim of the workshop is to formulate a list of tasks and concrete plans on how to prioritise and distribute our efforts into tackling top-scoring common interests.