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Talk by Prof. Dr. Dirk Brockmann in the context of our Distinguished Speaker Series

On Wednesday, November 6, 2016,  Prof. Dr. Dirk Brockmann (Institute for Theoretical Biology (ITB), Humboldt University Berlin) will give a talk in the context of the CBI Distinguished Speaker Series. The talk is entitled "The hidden geometry of complex, network-driven contagion phenomena" and will be held in Room 001, CBI (Building E 2.1) at 17:00 (sharp).


The last decade has witnessed the emergence and global spread of new, often highly contagious and virulent pathogens that spread across the globe in a matter of weeks or months. Emergent infectious diseases have not only become a key threat to global public health, but carry the potential of yielding major economic crises. Understanding and predicting the geographic spread of emergent infectious diseases has become a major challenge to epidemiologists, public health organizations and policy makers.  Large-scale computer simulations that integrate methods from statistical physics, complex network theory and dynamical systems theory have become a key tool in this context. I will report on state-of-the art research in this area and will focus on a recent theoretic approach that reveals hidden geometries in global contagion phenomena of today