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Thursday, 07 May 2009
(at 13:00 in room 115, Hallwachsstr. 3)
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Epidemic spreading on adaptive social networks

Thilo Gross

Junior Research Group for Biological Network Dynamics
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems

Over the last weeks we have witnessed an epidemic of the so-called novel flu. This outbreak is no singular event; the recent years saw the emergence of new diseases such as SARS, AIDS, ESME and the return of old killers in new guises, such as Malaria, Tuberculosis, and, of course, Influenza. To combat these diseases we need to understand the dynamics of epidemic spreading. After a brief introduction to epidemic modeling, I will review some key insights that have been gained on epidemics spreading on networks, highlighting certain network properties that have a strong impact on epidemics and vaccination strategies. The focus on my talk will be on the effect of disease-induced changes of these network properties on the dynamics of the epidemics. Including the feedback loop between network topology and epidemic spreading in models gives rise to an adptive network exhibiting complex dynamical behaviour.

Brief Bio:

After studying in Portsmouth, UK and Oldenburg, Germany, Thilo Gross received his diploma (MSc equiv.) in physics in 2001. He then joined the Institute of the Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment of Oldenburg University, where he received the PhD in natural sciences in 2004. He then worked as a postdoc in the department of physics at Potsdam University and the department of chemical engineering at Princeton University. Since July 2007 he is the leader of the independent junior research group "Dynamics of Biological Networks" at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Sytems.

Invited by G. Cuniberti (nanoSeminar)

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