Naser Alqutaifi | Applied Math, University of Waterloo
Network-based models of transmission of infectious diseases
Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death globally. One of the major reasons for studying infectious diseases is to improve control and ultimately to eradicate the infection from the population. The earliest account of Mathematical modelling of spread of disease was carried out in 1766. Nowadays, Mathematical models have become important tools for investigating infectious diseases.
Many diseases spread through populations by contact between infective individuals and susceptible individuals. The pattern of these disease-causing contacts forms a network. The primary advantage of network models is their ability to capture complex individual-level structure in a simple framework. The main purpose of this talk is to give a brief overview of the network-based models of transmission of infectious diseases.