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Spatial modelling and analysis of the spread of COVID-19 in China: Spatial effect and indirect transmission

Speaker: Dr Wendi Wang, School of Mathematics and Statistics, Southwest University, China) Date, Time: Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 20:30 to 21:30 Abstract: In this lecture, I will first introduce how the geographic differences in population density and population dispersal affect the basic reproduction numbers of COVID-19 transmission in China. Then I will present a spatial model to simulate […]

On the prediction, evaluation, and simulation of epidemic dynamics of COVID-19

Speaker: Dr Wei Lin, Fudan University, China Date, Time: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 20:30 to 21:30 Abstract: This talk will introduce the progresses that we have achieved recently in the investigation of the spreading dynamics of Covid-19.  Using a machine learning framework, including time-series analytic methods, conventional epidemic models, and agent-based models, we have, respectively, studied the impacts of […]

Pandemics in film: unraveling mathematical modeling

Speaker: Dr Jacques Belair (Universite de Montreal) Date, Time: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 20:30 to 21:30 Abstract: Since the origin of cinema, infectious disease outbreak films have been numerous and have displayed a wide range of pathologies, including, in addition to real or "any-resemblance-to-actual-is-pure-coincidence" viruses, vampires, zombies and aliens. A non-comprehensive overview of recent and historical instances will be […]

COVID-19: Opinion Dynamics and Economics

Speaker: Dr Rebecca Tyson (University of British Columbia Okanagan) Date, Time: Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 10:30 to 11:30 Abstract: Disease dynamics are intricately linked with opinion dynamics. This statement is especially true for a disease like COVID-19 which is easily transmitted and for which the only options for protection are behavioural (masks, physical distancing, etc.). In this talk, I […]

Epidemiological parameters and mathematical models of COVID-19

Speaker: Dr. Daihai He Hong Kong Polytechnic University Date, Time: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 10:30 to 11:30 Abstract: I will review some results of my team on the epidemiology of the COVID-19, including the estimation of key epidemiological parameters, the impact of the varying reporting rate on the basic reproductive number estimation, the impact of isolation measures on the generation […]

A novel predictive framework for the novel coronavirus

Speaker: Dr. Niayesh Afshordi, University of Waterloo Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Date, Time: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 10:30 to 11:30 Abstract: It would be hard to exaggerate the impact that COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, caused by the rapid spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, has had on human civilization. Cascading effects from the impact of the pandemic on national healthcare […]

Predicting the Development of COVID-19 Epidemics from Reported Case Data

Speaker: Dr. Glenn Webb, Vanderbilt University Date, Time: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 10:30 to 11:30 Abstract: Our goal is to develop mathematical models to provide predictions for COVID-19 epidemics. The models incorporate asymptomatic and symptomatic infectiousness transmission. We use reported case data to parameterize the models at the epidemic outbreak stage. The models incorporate social distancing and public health […]

Generating and Using Simulation-based Contacts Mixing Patterns to Model SARS-CoV-2 Transmission: Case of Dialysis Unit

Speaker: Dr. Ali Asgary, York University Date, Time: Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 10:30 to 11:30 Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic poses a significant and unique challenge to End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) patients and their care providers. The ESKD patients need to visit dialysis units three or more times a week while in close proximity with other patients, nurses, physicians, and other […]

Harnessing Dynamical footprints to detect disease emergence

Speaker: Dr. Pej Rohani University of Georgia Date, Time: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 10:30 to 11:30 Abstract: Developing methods for anticipating the emergence or re-emergence of infectious diseases is both important and timely, however traditional model-based approaches are stymied by uncertainty surrounding the underlying drivers. Here, we demonstrate an operational, mechanism-agnostic detection algorithm for disease (re-)emergence based on early-warning […]

Joint Mathematical Epidemiology and Math Education SMB Subgroup Meeting

Keynote Speakers: Alun Lloyd (North Caroline State University), Rachel Slayton (US CDC) Organizers: Miranda Teboh-Ewungkem, Jane M Heffernan, Stacey Smith? Sponsors: Society for Mathematical Biology, Canadian Centre for Disease Modelling Schedule: Here Where: The workshop will be hosted via zoom. The zoom link will be communicated at a later date to all registrants. Registration:  CLOSED



The Center for Disease Modelling is hosting a fair number of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students working on a variety of projects in modeling and analysis of nonlinear dynamics in biology. This Incubation Day will provide an opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of these trainees. Organizers: Elena Aruffo, Ali Beykzadeh, Adriana-Stefania Ciupeanu, Jude Dzevela Kong, […]