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Controllability Analysis and Control Design of Biological Systems Modeled by Boolean Networks

Mixtur, Vianney (2018) Controllability Analysis and Control Design of Biological Systems Modeled by Boolean Networks. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Cell signaling networks are often modeled using ordinary differential equations (ODEs), which represent network components with continuous variables. However, parameters such as reaction rate constants are needed for ODEs are not always available or known, and discrete approaches such as Boolean networks (BNs) are used in such cases. BNs have been applied in the past, in particular, as means to determine network steady states. The goal of this work is to explore the use of BNs from a control theory point of view, that to help manipulate biological systems more efficiently. In this thesis, we propose two methods to analyze and design control strategies for BNs. The first method, based on the algebraic state-space representation of BNs, consist of defining control strategies to reach predetermined states, namely, given a desired output, find all possible system state transition trajectories to that output, and design an input sequence leading to it. The second method aims at introducing an alternative and an extension of the first method in the sense that it offers broader possibilities for the representation of time and it is scalable to BNs of bigger size. This method is based on binary decision diagrams (BDDs), a data structure very efficient to represent logical functions and allow us to relate outputs of a network to its inputs no matter how many layers it contains and whether or not it has a cyclic structure.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mixtur, Vianneyvim34@pitt.eduvim34
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMiskov-Zivanov,
Committee MemberMao,
Committee MemberEl-Jaroudi,
Thesis AdvisorMiskov-Zivanov,
Date: 11 June 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 4 April 2018
Approval Date: 11 June 2018
Submission Date: 9 April 2018
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 76
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Electrical and Computer Engineering
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Controllability, Cell Signaling Pathways, Boolean Networks, Binary Decision Diagrams
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2018 17:41
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2018 17:41


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