Computational Systems Biology is an emerging discipline that studies complex biological systems where large numbers of diverse and multifunctional elements interact in selective ways. It combines experimental and computational research making it intrinsically interdisciplinary. The combination of computational models and theoretical studies provides a solid foundation to push the envelope in our understanding of life.
There is strong synergy between biology and computing. Computer models can unveil unexpected configurations suggesting unforeseen experiments, and concurrent languages used to describe systems with multiple heterogeneous agents are now being used to describe biological behavior. Trying to model biological systems in existing computational formalisms stretches those formalisms and may suggest new approaches.