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CompuCell3D 15th User Training Workshop!






Cellular and Network Modeling:

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July 27th - August 8th, 2020, Bloomington Indiana USA

Network Modeling Summer School (Monday-Thursday, July 27-July 30, 2020) and Hackathon (Friday-Sunday, July 31-August 2, 2020): Covers both basic and more advanced issues for using dynamic models of biological networks. Includes basic concepts of chemical reaction, signaling and gene regulatory networks, stability and sensitivity analysis and deterministic and stochastic modeling. The Tellurium modeling environment allows the specification and execution of network models as part of simple Python scripts, making it flexible and easy to integrate with data analysis and other modeling tools.

Multicell Virtual-Tissue Modeling Summer School (Monday-Thursday, August 3-August 6, 2020) and Hackathon (Friday-Sunday, August 7-August 9,2020): Mechanistic modeling is an integral part of contemporary bioscience, used for hypothesis generation and testing, experiment design and interpretation and the design of therapeutic interventions. The CompuCell3D modeling environment allows researchers with modest programing experience to rapidly build and execute complex Virtual Tissue simulations of development, homeostasis, toxicity and disease in tissues, organs and organisms, covering sub-cellular, multi-cell and continuum tissue scales. Virtual-Tissue simulations developed using CompuCell3D run on Windows, Mac and Linux. CompuCell3D is open source, allowing users to extend, improve, validate, modify and share the core software.

Format: The Summer Schools will include a limited number of lectures and numerous hands-on computer tutorials. There will be breakout sessions for basic and advanced modelers.

In the hackathons, attendees will be grouped into teams based on topic of interest. Each team will include experienced modellers. The teams will each build a functioning core model, which each participant can further customize. Advanced modelers can apply to attend just the weekend hackathons.

Goal: By the end of this two-week course, participants will have implemented a basic simulation of their particular biological problem of interest. Post-course support and collaboration will be available to continue simulation development.

Topics: Python scripting. Introduction to Reaction-Kinetics (RK) models. Introduction to SBML. Introduction to Virtual-Tissue simulations. Introduction to CompuCell3D. Basics of model building. Combining RK and Virtual-Tissue models. Extending CompuCell3D. Building a basic simulation of your system.

Target Audience: Experimental Biologists, Medical Scientists, Biophysicists, Mathematical Biologists and Computational Biologists from advanced undergraduates to senior faculty, who have an interest in developing multi-scale Virtual-Tissue simulations, or learning how such simulations might help their research. No specific programming or mathematical experience is required, though familiarity with a modeling environment (e.g. Mathematica®, Maple®, Python, or Matlab®) and how to represent basic concepts like diffusion and chemical reactions mathematically, will be helpful.

Note: An introductory Python tutorial will be offered on July 26th, 2020. If you are already familiar with Python basics, you may skip this tutorial or attend for review.

Fees: There is no registration fee. We will provide coffee, tea, lunch, snacks and workshop materials

Facilities: The workshop will be held at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA. The nearest airport is Indianapolis, IN. Participants will be able to connect to the Internet using their own laptops.

Online Participation: The summer schools will support online participation through Zoom.

Registration: Click here to Register!

CompuCell3D on nanoHub!

CompuCell3D 3.7.6 is available for online use on nanoHUB. Some CompuCell3D simulations are already available as tools (for example: Vascular Tumor, Cell Sorting). If you have a request or suggestion for a new simulation to be deployed in nanoHUB please go to our suggestion thread in our support forums, here. If you have a CompuCell3D simulation that you want to deploy on nanoHUB please see this github repository.

***NEW*** CC3D Version 4.1.1

We are pleased to announce new version 4.1.1 of our software CompuCell3D.

Important Because we switched from Python 2 to Python 3 your old simulations will require minor modifications Please see for instructions on how to port your simulations. If you have questions or require assistance please reach out to use on our user support forum

Important We suggest that as you move to CC3D 4.0.0+ you keep old installation of CC3D (version 3.7.x) in place in order to ensure that you can run your simulations during transitions period. CompuCell3D 4.0.0+ stores settings in different place from earlier version so you can safely run new and older versions side-by-side.

New Features

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About CompuCell3D

CompuCell3D is a flexible scriptable modeling environment, which allows the rapid construction of sharable Virtual Tissue in silico simulations of a wide variety of multi-scale, multi-cellular problems including angiogenesis, bacterial colonies, cancer, developmental biology, evolution, the immune system, tissue engineering, toxicology and even non-cellular soft materials. CompuCell3D models have been used to solve basic biological problems, to develop medical therapies, to assess modes of action of toxicants and to design engineered tissues. CompuCell3D's intuitive interface makes Virtual Tissue modeling accessible to users without extensive software development or programming experience.

It uses Cellular Potts Model to model cell behavior. Below is a preview of what CC3D can do:

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This project is currently funded by generous support from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) grant NSF-1720625, “Network for Computational Nanotechnology - Engineered nanoBIO Node” and by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant NIH - R01 GM122424, “Competitive Renewal of Development and Improvement of the Tissue Simulation Toolkit”. Information on previous support is listed on our Support page.

CompuCell3D is led by James A. Glazier (Indiana Univ) in collaboration with Dr. David Umulis (Purdue Univ). Many people contribute, or have contributed, to CC3D including the original lead developer Maciej Swat.

New CC3D forum

To report any bugs, or to ask questions, please visit our Q&A page: Reddit CompuCell3D.

Note: In April 2019 our old user forum at CC3D - AllAnswered was discontinued. The entries in the old AllAnswered forum are available at CC3D AllAnswered archive.html. The text of the questions and answers are there but the linked files are not. If you need one of the linked files please ask for it on the Reddit forum.

Want to contribute to CompuCell3D development?

We highly encourage fellow researchers to contribute to CompuCell3D code. If you have developed some useful plugin or functionality on CompuCell3D and would like share it with rest of us. Please commit the code and open a pull request on CompuCell3D GitHub repository. We would love to see it in next version of CompuCell3D.

Try our new CompuCell3D User Forum. In case you are facing any issue with CompuCell3D installation, we are here to help. Please create a post on our subreddit. Problems are often simple to solve.

How to cite CompuCell3D

Multi-Scale Modeling of Tissues Using CompuCell3DM. Swat, Gilberto L. Thomas, Julio M. Belmonte, A. Shirinifard, D.Hmeljak, J. A. Glazier, Computational Methods in Cell Biology, Methods in Cell Biology 110: 325-366 (2012). PMID:22482955 PMCID: PMC3612985 DOI:

New Papers using CompuCell3D Simulations have been published: