The UW Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computer Modelling (ICM) and the Systems Biology Institute (SBI) signed an agreement regarding the use of Scientific Software Platforms, including Garuda.

The ICM-SBI Memorandum of Understanding identifies potential areas of collaboration in the field of Scientific and Research Computing, Supercomputing, Cloud Computing, Networking and Scientific Software Applications (“Research Field”). The two parties envisage that the scope of collaboration will include, but shall not be limited to:

  • Computational Systems Biology;
  • OMICS” and Big Data methods, algorithms, programs and computations;
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning;
  • Provisioning of computational resources and access to applications;
  • Cloud Computing;
  • Supercomputing.

“We would be happy to promote and popularize Garuda and the other SBI software in Central Europe. ICM is building a strong base of computational expertise and support for the researchers and students, initially focusing on Bioinformatics and Genomics,” said Dr. Marek Michalewicz, Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM) at the University of Warsaw.


“Omics is not yet developing as vigorously here as in other parts of the world. Our intention is to help change that, for example, by creating a new postgraduate diploma course together with the Institute of Mother and Child, after our very successful collaboration on two editions of a diploma course “Omics Data Science – Bioinformatics and Large-Scale Biomedical Data Analysis. We also plan to incorporate Garuda as one of the best multi-method, multi-tool computational solutions in our new multi-cloud infrastructure, which we are going to establish soon as a public-private partnership in this part of Europe,” added Dr. Marek Michalewicz.


SBI work revolves around using the best of AI technologies to expand our knowledge on biological systems and its application to healthcare, medicine, global energy and climate issues. Cooperation with ICM will focus on the practical use of such multi-purpose research platforms as Garuda (connectivity and automation), Taxila (text analytics and intelligence) and Gandhara (generic Machine Learning and broader artificial intelligence).


The lecture inaugurating the ICM-SBI cooperation devoted to the use of artificial intelligence in biomedicine, entitled: “Nobel Turing Challenge — Creating the Engine of Scientific Discovery”, was delivered by Dr. Hiroaki Kitano. The event was held as part of the Virtual ICM Seminars in Computer and Computational Science series.


More information is available on the ICM website >>