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Master Thesis Defense - Casey Ferris

Start: 3/30/2017 at 1:00PM
End: 3/30/2017 at 4:00PM
Location: 100 Stinson Remick
Attendees: Faculty and students are welcome to attend the presentation portion of the defense
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Casey Ferris
Master Thesis Defense
March 30, 2017        1:00 pm        100 Stinson Remick
Adviser:  Dr. Gregory Madey
Dr. Frank Collins          Dr. Alex Perkins


Investigations into Agent-Based Malaria Transmission Models


Agent-based models allow for more descriptive results than simpler mathematical models, especially for the individuals that reside and interact within the model.  For disease transmission models, the agents modeled usually include hosts that get sick, vectors that transmit, and/or the interventions themselves.  One common disease that is typically modeled in this fashion is Malaria.  Normally, disease transmission models have been created for a unique research purpose, but then are discarded once the research is complete.  This means that if another researcher required a model to answer similar questions, they would need to build their own model from scratch.  However, with an ever increasing ability to share information, it is becoming more common for many researchers one model that can be modified to fit many research purposes.  My thesis work involves aligning two well-used models, EMOD and OpenMalaria, and creating a new climate-based mosquito habitat model for the former.