DIMACS Computational and Mathematical Epidemiology Seminar Series

Title: An example of a disease outbreak simulation in an urban environment: TRANSIMS and EpiSims.

Speaker: Tanya Berger-Wolf, DIMACS Postdoc

Date: November 1, 2004 11:30 - 12:50

Location: DIMACS Center, CoRE Bldg, Room 433, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


We will describe TRansportation ANalysis SIMulation System (TRANSIMS) and EpiSims, developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory during the last 8 years. TRANSIMS is an agent-based simulation system capable of simulating second-by-second movements of every person and every vehicle through the transportation network of a large metropolitan area. EpiSims is a disease simulations system. It includes a general within-host progression as well as between-host transmission models. We will discuss various structural parameters of the social networks produced by TRANSIMS that are relevant to epidemiology and present an example of a disease outbreak (smallpox) in such a network. The talk is based on the following publications: