Visual support for modeling and simulation of cell biological systems.
ABSTRACT Summary form only given. Cell biological systems are highly complex. They consist of many heterogeneously acting and interacting subsystems with various patterns of behavior, interaction and composition. To model and simulate these processes, new formalisms and algorithms are required which can represent the dynamic, multi-level structure. At this point new visualization techniques can serve for facilitating the understanding of models and data as well as for establishing and maintaining the communication with experts from other research fields like biology and medicine. To take a closer look at these potential applications we introduce a schema that outlines the iterative workflow from the wet lab experiments to the simulation model and its execution in a simulator. It moreover integrates comprehensive visual support for the analysis of experiments, the generation and analysis of the model, the analysis of simulation data, and the presentation of results to non-experts. First application-specific visualization techniques are presented as examples.