Colloquium, 1/18/2013

UAHuntsville 2013 Distinguished Lecture Series

Infectious Disease Dynamics (a somewhat mathematical perspective)

Odo Diekmann
Head of the Department of Mathematics,
Utrecht University,
Utrecht, The Netherlands

18 January, 2013
Shelby Center 109


The aim of this talk is to present a bird’s-eye view of the mathematical description of infectious disease dynamics.  The emphasis is on motivation and understanding, with the mathematical tools themselves relegated to the background.  Sexually transmitted and nosocomial (i.e., hospital acquired) infections are highlighted.

Biographical Sketch

Professor Odo Diekmann is a world-class mathematician and mathematical biologist.  Obtaining his PhD degree at the University of Amsterdam in 1978, he worked at the CWI in Amsterdam as a researcher and group leader from 1978 to 1995.  From 1986 to 1995 he was a professor in Mathematical Biology at the University of Leiden.  In 1995 he became a professor of Applied Mathematics at Utrecht University.  Currently he is the department head.  His fields of interest are Population Dynamics (including Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Evolution) and Dynamical Systems (notably delay equations).  Professor Diekmann was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mathematical Biology from 1999 to 2009 and currently he is an Honorary Editor of the Journal of Mathematical Biology.  In addition, he is an Associate Editor for nine prestigious mathematical and mathematical biology journals.  Professor Diekmann has been invited as a plenary speaker or an advisory committee member by many international conferences.  He has written, jointly with others, various books.  The most recent of these Mathematical Tools for Understanding infectious Disease Dynamics (together with Hans Heesterbeek and Tom Britton) just appeared at Princeton University Press.