GPCE Seminar Series
Date/time: Thursday, April 14, 11:30am – 12:30pm Eastern (USA)
Topic: A Framework for Modeling Complex Human Behaviors in Epidemic Simulations
Speaker: Samarth Swarup, Biocomplexity Institute, University of Virginia
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of understanding the role of human behavior in the spread of infectious diseases. Behaviors such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and choosing to get vaccinated are driven by multiple social processes such as normative reasoning, risk perception, and attitudes. In ongoing work, we have been building a platform that can use the belief-desire-intention (BDI) agent paradigm together with large-scale agent-based simulations of epidemics to allow modeling such social phenomena. I will describe this new simulation platform and show an initial attempt at building a COVID-19 simulation with BDI agents that allows scaling up to ~8 million agents.
Samarth Swarup is a research associate professor in the Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing division. Swarup earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.