The concept of 'systems biology' first grabbed more than passing attention on my part, because I was working on a document for the University of Edinburgh. The university has plans for something it calls the 'informatics hub,' a 50 million expansion plan. In working on the words, I managed to confuse bioinformatics with systems biology. Naturally enough, I went out on to the web to try to find a decent definition and explanation of what systems biology means to its practitioners. By luck, I found an article by Professor Denis Noble in the Nature Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.
January / February 2004
One of the greatest mysteries that hide in plain sight is human vision. While psycho-physicists and neuroscientists investigate the real thing, computer science has looked at it another way, by trying to make machines that can 'see'. Professor Rama Chellappa from the University of Maryland is at the forefront of this research. He has gone beyond simple pattern recognition, into a new area that tries to find ways of extracting useful information from an image.
Modern control theory began with the study of regulation and stability. In 1857, James Clerk Maxwell published his analysis of why the rings of Saturn were stable. This was generalised by Henri Poincaré a quarter of a century later, to cover the stability of the solar system and the general problem of the stability of motion.