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Global Pervasive Computational Epidemiology Seminar Series: A Framework for Modeling Complex Human Behaviors in Epidemic Simulations

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

Zoom link:
https://virginia.zoom.us/j/92700002677?pwd=Zi8vQ21TUHpBQVYxQXFpaTZPY2FNdz09


Abstract:
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.

Speaker Bio:
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.

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