Addressing New Modelling and Data Challenges Revealed by The COVID-19 Pandemic

David Wood

Participants Price Select
Regular Participant $0.00 AUD  
Student $0.00 AUD  

  •  24 Jun 2024 - 29 Jun 2024
     8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Joel C Miller (La Trobe University)
Carrie A Manore (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Jessica E Stockdale (Simon Fraser University)
Cameron Zachreson (The University of Melbourne)
Julie A Spencer (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

Program Description:
The COVID pandemic and associated interventions revealed a large number of new challenges for mathematical modeling of infectious disease. This research program will focus on an important subset of these questions
• How can mathematical epidemiological models quantify and contrast the ethical or social outcomes of disease interventions, in addition to the clinical?
• How can we provide speed and scalability when transforming data into actionable scenarios and forecasts? In particular, how to develop leaner agent-based models and rapid uncertainty quantification, harnessing larger multi-scale epidemiological, genomic, clinical and behavioural data?

These challenges are intertwined: by integrating public health ethics into the modelling process, we may aspire to avoid pitfalls of model-driven policy applied in fast-paced crisis scenarios. If we cannot balance the need for speed with the requirement of socially responsible policy, mathematical and computational tools will, at best, be subject to consultative bottlenecks in application and at worst, will risk advocating unethical interventions. The research program will focus on these questions, with input from researchers from countries having a wide range of experiences during the COVID pandemic.

Program Structure: TBD


  • Deadline: 18 April 2023
  • Registration is by invitation only. If you are interested to participate in this program, please contact one of the organisers with your CV and research background.
  • Arrival date: 23 June 2024
  • Departure date: 29 June 2024

This MATRIX Research Program benefits from the sponsorship of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)

MATRIX Wine and Cheese Afternoon 25 June 2024
On the first Tuesday of each program, MATRIX provides a pre-dinner wine and cheese afternoon. Produce is locally-sourced to showcase delicacies from the region.