K-State EPICENTER is a laboratory within K-State ECE which provides resources to analyze, build and simulate mathematical models for spreading phenomena in complex networks.
One of the main goals of EPICENTER is to design real-time flexible tools for the analysis of epidemiological outbreaks; whether such an outbreak occurs in humans, animals, plants or computers. Very little disrupts society and causes economic loss as severely as an out-of-control epidemic. Such an epidemic may result in human deaths, disposal of herds, destruction of crops, inability to communicate over the Internet, or significant economic losses, and be the result of terrorist attacks or natural causes. As a matter of fact, more deaths are due to infectious diseases worldwide than those caused by any other threat, such as famine, war, and terrorism.
EPICENTER members are developing mathematical models, algorithms, and software for network simulation and topology analysis with mobile agents that allow dynamic environmental inputs. Using these models, we perform realistic simulations of epidemic spreading, and test the efficacy of possible mitigation strategies.
Research performed in the EPICENTER spans 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 phenomena in many diverse contexts, combining biological applications with core mathematical competencies.
Caterina Scoglio is spending a sabbatical year (August 2013 - May 2014) as visiting faculty at the INSTITUTE OF COMPUTATIONAL COMPARATIVE MEDICINE (ICCM), Kansas State University, Manhattan KS, directed by Prof. Jim Riviere.