Networks for Public Health: Social Mixing Among School Children

When: Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: DA 114
Speaker: Hasan Guclu
Organization: Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Public Health Dynamics Lab, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsor: Physics Colloquium

In this presentation, first, I will talk about the use of network modeling and analysis in some public health problems including but not limited to global food trade and cancer risk; legal public health system analysis for emergencies; and infectious disease modeling. Then, I will present some recent results from our CDC-supported project to study the contact rates and mixing patterns in school-aged children for influenza mitigation. In this project we are using multiple methods such as wireless sensor devices, videos, paper and online surveys, influenza surveillance to asses the social contact behavior of school-aged children. Preliminary network analysis results suggest that the children are expectedly more in contact with their own grade but schools, depending on their level and physical plan, exhibit peculiar characteristics relevant for modeling and simulation of influenza-like illnesses.