Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Report
Biological and Chemical Physics | Disease Modeling | Physics
Complexity is the study of unexpected order or “phenomena which emerge from a collection of interacting objects.”1 There are many natural systems that have been studied with the complexity lens: earthquakes, neuronal activity, protein folding, insect swarms, and forest fires. My research over the past few years has focused on computationally modeling fly swarms. This past year, the coronavirus pandemic and the role that computational modeling plays in managing the pandemic caused me to switch my research topic to modeling infectious disease propagation. While different from fly swarms, infectious diseases at the population level form a system with similar complexity.
1 Johnson, Neil F., "Chapter 1: Two's company, three is complexity,” Simply complexity: A clear guide to complexity theory, Oneworld Publications (2009)
Murray, Joelle, "Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Report" (2021). Post-Grant Reports. Report. Submission 215.