Mathematical Biology Seminar Series

Combining networks and partial differential equations to improve predictions

In this talk, we present an integrated framework for early detection of epidemic outbreaks based on real-time geo-tagged data in Twitter.  We combine network theory, data mining and partial differential equation models to describe/predict patterns of epidemic spread at regional level. We also discuss the use of the framework in identifying patterns of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) transport in China at city level.