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K-State EPICENTER is a laboratory within the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas State University, which has the goal of building, analyzing, and simulating mathematical and computational models for spreading processes in complex networks.
Very little disrupts society and causes economic loss as severely as an out-of-control epidemic. Epidemiological outbreaks can occur in humans, animals, plants or computers. Such epidemics may result in human deaths, disposal of herds, destruction of crops, or inability to communicate over the Internet, with significant economic losses. They can be the result of terrorist attacks or natural causes.
EPICENTER members are developing mathematical models and simulation software of epidemic processes on networks, which take into account dynamic environmental inputs. Realistic simulations of spreading scenarios and extensive tests of mitigation strategies efficacy are possible by the use of these models.
Research performed in the EPICENTER has applications in different disciplines, namely agriculture, veterinary, biology, medicine, social sciences, and engineering. We collaborate with researchers who have interest in applying complex network approaches to different spreading and diffusion processes in many diverse contexts, combining biological applications with core network-science competencies.
Caterina Scoglio and Faryad Sahneh have been awarded a National Science Foundation RAPID grant to provide quantitative measures for effectiveness of “contact tracing” using mathematics and computer simulations. The goal of the project is to evaluate risk detection capabilities of contact tracing efforts for Ebola before the epidemic phase and estimate the associated cost in potential scenarios.