### DIMACS Computational and Mathematical Epidemiology Seminar Series

Title: Disease Signatures

Speaker: **Nina Fefferman**, DIMACS and Tufts University

Date: September 19, 2005, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Location: DIMACS Center, CoRE Bldg, Room 431, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ

Abstract:

Traditional SIR models (a collection of partial differential
equations) focus on the use of uniform population averages to predict
disease incidence over time. For this seminar, we'll take a look a at
a slightly different, incredibly simple way of using well understood
etiological parameters to predict disease spread in heterogeneous
populations. We'll then look at how to extend and generalize this
"disease signature" method into a set of tools for early outbreak
detection and we'll discuss a promising direction for their use in
determining underlying contact rates between different
sub-populations. We'll probably also talk about how termites have been
helping move this research forward!

see: DIMACS
Computational and Mathematical Epidemiology Seminar Series 2005 -
2006