Analysis-Applied Math-Physics Seminar - "Decisions and Disease"
Speaker : Julie Rowlett , Chalmers University, Sweden. Julie is an expert in geometric analysis, with applications towards spectral geometry, but has recently expanded into mathematical modeling and applied mathematics as shown by her upcoming talk.
Abstract: Do you usually get a flu shot every year? Do you usually take preventive measures to avoid contracting sexually transmitted infections? It is reasonable to expect that while many people may answer `no‘ to the first question, they may answer `yes‘ to the second question. In recent joint work with my PhD student, Carl-Joar Karlsson, we have discovered a mathematical explanation for these different choices. Here I will explain mathematical models we have developed that combine the spread of different types of diseases together with the evolution of human behavioral choices. These models create dynamical systems, and the stable equilibrium points provide insights into both the spread of disease as well as the evolution of human behaviors. These insights may be relevant for both the current pandemic as well as any new diseases we may encounter in the future.
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Ellen LynchAnalysis-Applied Math-Physics Seminar - "Decisions and Disease"