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Human Contact Networks

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“We have been studying epidemics for a very long time. There are some simple, elegant mathematical abstractions like the Susceptibility/Infectiousness/Recovery (SIR) model. There is also a large body of empirical work. This includes the studies on geo-information systems, which date back to the “Ghost Maps” of the Reverend Henry Whitehead and Dr. John Snow of the famed London Cholera Epidemic.

In this talk, I will describe current work which makes use of smart mobile devices to map human contact networks. Explicit and implicit self-reporting of symptoms can be used to provide a more detailed understanding. Potentially, this can influence the behaviour of a population and help control the rate of spread of an epidemic.”

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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