Invited Talk

December 15, 2015

"Simulation of Viral Infection Propagation through Air-Travel"

Speaker: Prof. Ashok Srinivasan

Associate. Professor, FSU, USA


The VIPRA project is a multi-university effort to analyze new strategies for reducing the risk of spread of Viral infections through air-travel. This is accomplished by integrating accurate models with a computational infrastructure that is designed for simulation-based policy analysis on some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. The VIPRA approach is based on the realization that inherent uncertainties in human behavior make it difficult to accurately predict the consequences of any particular policy choice. Instead, it is more fruitful to determine a range of possible outcome scenarios, identify possible vulnerabilities, and evaluate the relative merits of feasible policy choices.

This talk will discuss the details of the approach taken by the VIPRA project to reduce the likelihood of infection transmission through air travel and present results obtained so far. It will also discuss the computational challenges and our approach to dealing with it.


Prof. Ashok Srinivasan got his PhD from the University of California in Santa Barbara. He subsequently worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IIT-Bombay, and UCSB before joining Florida State University, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests are in applications of supercomputing, with recent focus on supercomputing for policy analysis. His work in this direction was initiated during his time as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in India. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and Oak Ridge National Lab.

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