This workshop is jointly sponsored by The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS).
DIMACS Working Group on Spatio-Temporal and Network Modeling of Diseases April 22 - 26, 2003.
The focus of this workshop will be the transmission dynamics of the spatial spread of infections, primarily on structured populations and networks. The aim is to get together a small group (of around 30) experts with a wide range of approaches to spatio-temporal and network modelling, coming from both biological and mathematical areas, including a) those who can contribute directly to the topics chosen for the sessions, and b) some individuals whose own work may be ledd directly in these areas, but who will be good value for their general expertise, open-mindedness and readiness to contribute actively to discussions.
Possible topics for discussion might include models for the spread of infection on structured populations and networks, the temporal evolution of networks, modelling of evolution on different spatial and temporal scales, "piecing together" models on different scales, implications for control, model fitting and statistical inference.
We anticipate that the workshop will consist of a mixture of overview papers establishing the "state of the art", together with short contributed papers and workshop/discussion sessions, where the emphasis should not be on accounts of completed research but on work in progress, unsolved problems and opportunities for collaboration.