Divisional Events

<< Back to Events

Mathematics Program presents

Derivatives, Biology, and Other Sensitive Subjects - CANCELED

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Nathanial Burch
Candidate for the Position in Mathematics

Mathematical models are used across the sciences to help understand complicated processes, e.g., the life expectancy of a nuclear reactor, the spread of a contaminant, the risk of a disease outbreak, the sustainability of an endangered species, and so on.  In this talk, we introduce sensitivity analysis as a tool for studying the dynamics of such a model and identifying which parameters have a significant impact on its output. This analysis plays a crucial role in informing viable and effective management strategies while also helping to quantify the effects of uncertainty in parameter values. Examples from biology and epidemiology will be presented throughout the talk.

Location: Hegeman 308