Software Engineering in Biological Modelling

I recently gave a talk in the Glasgow Computing Science Department about Biological Model Engineering: using techniques from software engineering in biological modelling.

Of course, I don’t work in this area anymore. Although I find a lot of this stuff very interesting, I still can’t bring myself to want to be back working in research computing (as opposed to research using computing). Getting any of these ideas off the ground in a research environment would take a long time and it would be difficult to maintain the necessary publication rate.

I can imagine doing this kind of work from within a commercial organisation doing modelling. Then, you can meet the modelling teams and immediately start gathering requirements, researching the techniques and deploying tools that will make a difference. You’ll know very quickly whether you’re successful – people will tell you. In academia, you have the slow upward plod of trying to find the projects to work with, finding people who care about what you’re doing and, the real killer, convincing conferences that this is real research and needs to be published.

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