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- Phil Schumm presents his poster at Epidemics3 in Boston: Video on "Dynamics of Humans and Cattle in Rural Regions"

- Epicenter organizes a workshop on zoonotic computational epidemiology:Workshop Multiscale Computational Modeling for Zoonotic Epidemics

New Paper on "Viral conductance: Quantifying the robustness of networks with respect to spread of epidemics"

New Paper on "An individual-based approach to SIR epidemics in contact networks"

Workshop on "Robustness of Complex Networks"


Pietro Poggi Corradini Short Course


Alessandro Vespignani's Visit


Alessandro Vespignani is currently a professor of  Informatics and Cognitive Science and adjunct professor of Physics and Statistics at Indiana University. He has obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” After holding research positions at Yale University and Leiden University, he has been a member of the condensed matter research group at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (UNESCO) in Trieste. Before joining Indiana University, Vespignani has been a faculty of the Laboratoire de Physique Theorique at the University of Paris-Sud working for the French National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) of which he is still member at large. Vespignani is also scientific supervisor of the Complex Network Lagrange Laboratory (CNLL) at the Institute for Scientific Interchange in Torino, Italy. 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

18:05 MCI pick up. Caterina Scoglio

22:00 Holiday Inn.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

08:00 Breakfast: Dr Vespignani, Dr Scoglio.

  • Location: The following presentations will be held in the EECE Conference Room

09:00 Presentation by: Dr Scoglio.


09:30 Presentation by: Dr Vespignani.

10:30 Presentation by: Phillip.

10:50 Presentation by: Sohini.

11:10 Presentation by: Mina.

11:30 Presentation by: Ali.

11:50 Presentation by: Sakshi.


09:30 Presentation by: Mina.

10:00 Presentation by: Ali.

10:30 Presentation by: Phillip.

11:00 Presentation by: Sohini.

11:30 Presentation by: Sakshi.

  • Lunch at Bluemont

12:15 Lunch: Dr Vespignani, Dr Scoglio; All other SNG members are invited.

14:30 Advance Distinguished Lecture, Fiedler Auditorium 1107.

Title: "Multiscale networks and predicting the behavior of techno-social systems: planning for pandemic outbreaks in real time"

Abstract: We live in an increasingly interconnected world where infrastructures composed by different technological layers are interoperating with the social component that drives their use and development. Examples are provided by the Internet, the social Web, the new WiFi communication technologies and transportation and mobility infrastructures. The multi-scale nature and complexity of these networks are crucial features in the understanding of techno-social systems and the dynamical processes occurring on top of them. I will review the recent advances and challenge in this area and how we can look forward to new forecasting infrastructures in the context of techno-social systems. As a foremost example I will review the recent development and the major roadblocks in the computational approach to the prediction and control of emerging diseases. In particular I will discuss the global epidemic and mobility (GLEaM) computational platform and its use in the early stages of the recent H1N1 outbreak to provide real-time projections and scenarios on the unfolding of the epidemic.

  • Location: Durland 1044

16:00 Meeting: Claycenter.

16:40 Meeting with Dr Hsu.

17:15 Meeting with Dr Garrett.

19:00 Dinner: Dr Vespignani, Dr Montelone, Dr Gruenbacher and Dr Scoglio @ Harry's.

  • Social

20:30 Bowling with SNG (Optional).

21:00 Hotel

Friday, September 18, 2009

07:00 Departure from Manhattan (Mina, Phillip and Ali)

Video for US Senate, July 7-8 2009

Epidemic Simulation

First EpiCenter Annual Meeting

DATE: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

TIME: 10:00 am.

VENUE: ECE Conference Room, Rathbone Hall.


10:00 - 10:10 | Introductory comments by Caterina Scoglio

10:10 - 12:00 | Presentations

- Morgan Scott "Critical thresholds of resistance in enteric bacteria: Modeling, monitoring and managing microbial ecology to protect antimicrobials of critical importance"

- Karen Garret "Modeling plant disease epidemics"

- Todd Easton "A simulation core for epidemic spreading"

- Walter Schumm "Explaining Flu Vaccine Uptake and Movement During Epidemics Among Rural Kansans"

- Sam Wisely "Extrinsic and intrinsic drivers of rabies epidemiology"

- Lucy Bergamasco "Veterinary electroencephalography using complex networks"

- Ronette Gehring "Optimizing antimicrobial dosage regimens to minimize resistance development"

- Deon van Der Merwe "A successive partitioning model of dermal absorption"

- Caterina Scoglio "Projects in the Sunflower Networking Group"

12:10 - 12:30 | Discussion

12:30 - 1:00 | Lunch

Tim Study's Visit


As an IBM Executive Tim helps establish relationships with senior executives in strategic Healthcare accounts in both the Public and Private sector and helping to deliver innovative solutions to those key customers. Tim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences/Physics from Florida State University, and also has a Masters in Human Relations & Organizational Behavior.

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

10:15 "Contact networks" Caterina Scoglio

10:40 " " Steve Warren

11:00 "Simulation of influenza epidemic spreading in cities" Valeriy Perminov

Martin Meltzer's Visit


Dr. Martin I. Meltzer is the Senior Health Economist and a Distinguished Consultant, Division of Emerging Infections and Surveillance Services, CDC in Atlanta, GA. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 1982, and Masters and a Doctorate in Applied Economics from Cornell University, NY, in 1987 and 1990, respectively. From 1990 to mid 1995 he was on the faculty at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. In 1995, he moved to CDC, where he was in the first class of Prevention Effectiveness (health economists) fellows. Examples of his more recent research include the modeling of potential responses to smallpox as a bioterrorist weapon, examining the economics of vaccinating restaurant foodhandlers against hepatitis A, and assessing the economic impact of pandemic influenza. Dr. Meltzer has published approximately 140 publications, including more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals, two U.S. patents and ten book chapters. He also led teams which produced software, such as FluAid, FluSurge and FluWorkLoss, designed to help state and local public health officials plan and prepare of catastrophic infectious disease events. He is an associate editor for Emerging Infectious Diseases. He also supervises a number of post-doctoral health economists at CDC.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

15:30 Arrival in Manhattan

16:00 Meeting with Caterina and Todd (EECE Conf. Room)

16:30 Meeting with Ronette (EECE Conf. Room)

17:30 Dinner: Dr. Meltzer, Dr. English, Dr. Gruenbacher, Dr. Easton, Dr. Scoglio

21:00 Hotel

Thursday, November 8, 2007

08:00 Breakfast: Caterina Scoglio,

09:00 Visit to Biosecurity Research Institute.

Participants: Martin Meltzer, Caterina Scoglio, Todd Easton, Steve Warren, Maritza Muguira, Bill Kuhn, Don Gruenbacher, Sanjoy Das, Lisa Sobering, Christin Ellis, Ali Sydney, Phillip Schumm, Mina Youssef, Yunzhao Li, Sarah Edwards, Chris Lydick, David Ben-Arieh, Stanley Badger, Thomas Ward, Geoffrey Jones, Ben Gramkow.

10:15 Presentations: Caterina, Phillip, Supriya, Mina (EECE Conference Room)

11:40 Meeting with Kyle (EECE Conference Room)

12:00 Lunch: Martin, Steve D., Supriya, Caterina, John, David, Brad (Bluemont).

13:30 Advance Distinguished Lecture, Fiedler Auditorium 1107. Title: Making models useful for policy makers. Presenter: Martin I. Meltzer, Ph.D.

ABSTRACT: Public health policy makers often need reliable estimates of potential impact of diseases and the possible consequences of interventions. Willingness to accept results from mathematical models, however, depends on how the modeler(s) approach the problem and present the results. Typically, adoption of the results of a mathematical model as a basis for framing public health strategy and tactics is dependent upon the basic understanding of the model. This presentation will outline some guidelines, with examples, for building models that public health policy makers are likely to use to help make decisions.

16:00 Post Doc Program at CDC, Rathbone Hall 1061. Title: Post-doctoral fellowships in Health Economics at the CDC. Presenter: Martin I. Meltzer, Ph.D. PIZZA WILL BE SERVED!!

ABSTRACT: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, is the nation's lead prevention agency and is responsible for assisting the medical community and state and local health departments to prevent unnecessary illness, injury, and death. To establish capability within CDC to conduct prevention-effectiveness and health economics studies, CDC started in 1995 a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in Prevention Effectiveness (health economics). The Fellowships are for post-doctoral candidates with expertise in quantitative policy analysis who wish to gain experience and training in assessing the effectiveness and economics of public health prevention strategies. Fellows take a lead role in designing and conducting studies, working closely with national and international experts in public health, provide technical assistance throughout CDC on specific projects or methods, and have the opportunity to teach CDC courses in PE methods. The fellowship is a unique and prestigious opportunity, and the application process is very competitive.

18:30 Dinner: Meltzer, Scoglio, Warren, Schumm, Youssef, Ben-Arieh, Wu, Kramer.

21:00 Hotel

Friday, November 9, 2007

08:00 Departure from Manhattan

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