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Several spatial epidemic models in a heterogeneous environment with applications to COVID-19

June 19 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Yuan Lou, Department of Mathematics, Ohio State University

Date, Time: Friday, June 19, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)

Several spatial epidemic models in a heterogeneous environment with applications to COVID-19

Dr. Yuan Lou received his Ph.D. from the UMinnesota in 1995, trained in the area of partial differential equations. He did his postdoctoral work at MSRI (1995-96) and UChicago (1996-98), before joining the Department of Mathematics at Ohio State University as a faculty member in 1998. His research interest is the reaction-diffusion equation with applications to ecology, evolution, and epidemiology. Dr. Lou served as an Associate Director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute from 2009-13.

Abstract: In the first part of the talk, I will discuss several SIS and SEIR reaction-diffusion models in spatially and/or temporally varying environments, with predictions on the basic reproduction number and the control of infected populations. The second part will be devoted to the discussions of a multi-stage and multi-scale SEIR meta-population model, with application to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

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