Monday, July 10

Mathematical Problems in Epidemiological Modeling - Part I of III

Sponsored by the new SIAM Activity Group on the Life Sciences

4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Rio Mar 4

For Parts II and III, see MS17 and MS25.

The global resurgence and spread of infectious diseases and the emergence of drug-resistant disease agents have reached an alarming state at the end of the 20th century. With a predicted world population explosion, globalization of world economies, and ever increasing international travel, the control and prevention of the global spread of infectious diseases will be one of the great challenges facing mankind in the 21st century.

Mathematical modeling has proven to be very effective in epidemiological studies of infectious diseases. It provides an indispensable tool for understanding the problems and predicting the effective measures of disease control and prevention. During the last twenty years, epidemic models have evolved to include such details as time delays, spatial heterogeneity, age structures, multiple groups, vectors, intermediate hosts, and stochastic variations. The speakers in these minisymposia sessions will discuss mathematical problems arising from the analysis and application of the present and new models in epidemiology.

Organizers: Zhilan Feng
Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
Michael Y. Li
Mississippi State University, USA
4:00-4:25 The Role of Behavior, Mobility, and Public Transportation on the Spread of Tuberculosis
Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Cornell University, USA
4:30-4:55 Homoclinic Bifurcation in an Epidemic Model
Lih-Ing Wu, Purdue University, USA; and Zhilan Feng, Organizer
5:00-5:25 Cancelled Persistence in Host-Parasitoid Interactions
Jorge X. Velasco-Hernández, UAM-Iztapalapa, Mexico; and Derik Castillo-Guajardo, UNAM, Mexico
5:30-5:55 Current Problems in Modeling Population Dynamics
Fabio A. Milner, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA; and Maia Martcheva, Polytechnic University, USA

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