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Statistical abstraction for multi-scale spatio-temporal systems

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems (QEST 2017)
Number of pages16
StateAccepted/In press - 30 May 2017


Spatio-temporal systems exhibiting multi-scale behaviour are common in applications ranging from cyber-physical systems to systems biology, yet they present formidable challenges for computational modelling and analysis. Here we consider a prototypic scenario where spatially distributed agents decide their movement based on external inputs and a fast-equilibrating internal computation. We propose a generally applicable strategy based on statistically abstracting the internal system using Gaussian Processes, a powerful class of non-parametric regression techniques from Bayesian Machine Learning. We show on a running example of bacterial chemotaxis that this approach leads to accurate and much faster simulations in a variety of scenarios.

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