Cells of multicellular organisms cooperate to ensure body development and maintenance. They do this in a collective distributed manner, without any master or plan. We investigate the multilevel mechanisms that give rise to properties of the whole organism, in search for organising principles of living systems and, eventually, the design of artificial systems.
We address these issues by modelling the dynamics of specific biological exemplars. We explore conceptual, formal and statistical means to create and analyse models and to confront their predictions with experimental observations.