DIMACS - Graduate Student Combinatorics Seminar

Title: Applications of Graph Theory: Disease Spread and More

Speaker: Robert Demarco, Rutgers University

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 12:10pm

Location: Graduate Student Lounge, 7th Floor, Hill Center, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


This talk will introduce the use of graphs in modeling of disease spread and vaccination. Similar models can also be used to help study crystal growth, forest fire-fighting and public opinion. I will note a few results in these areas, from the very real-world applicable to the completely non applicable yet beautiful. To ease us into the semester, the focus will be on stating and motivating pretty theorems and not on technical details.