INRIA-IRD-MITACS CDM Summer School and Workshop on Mathematical Epidemiology
The INRIA-IRD-MITACS CDM Summer School and Workshop on Mathematical Epidemiology will take place in
Saint-Louis, Senegal, July 19-27, 2010.
Research on infectious diseases, their mathematical and/or computer modelling and their qualitative analysis,
requires collaborations between mathematicians, computer scientists, physicians, biologists and epidemiologists.
The MITACS CDM has since 2004 organized summer schools on modelling in epidemiology,
which attempt to mix students from all these disciplines:
The objectives of the Saint-Louis School/Workshop are the following.
- Promote the emergence of new themes in epidemiology.
- Accelerate the diffusion of conceptual progress to a region with poor access to leading researchers in the domain.
- Provide local students and researchers with a view of the state of the art in the domain.
- Develop the connections between mathematics and computer sciences in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Provide sub-Saharan doctoral students with high level courses about the latest trends and topics in mathematical epidemiology.
- Develop relationships with ``final users'' (biologists, entomologists, medical doctors ..).
- Foster interactions between the MITACS, INRIA and IRD teams working in this domain.
- Provide MITACS, INRIA and IRD mathematical epidemiology teams with very concrete problems of
interest to medical epidemiologists in Western Africa.
- Prepare for the 2011 MITACS CDM-INRIA-IRD Summer School, to be held in Saint-Louis during the summer of 2011.
Structure of the School/Workshop
The School/Workshop will have the following components:
- [Main courses] There will be 4 main courses covering in depth certain aspects of mathematical modelling and mathematical epidemiology.
Each main course will consist of 4 to 6 hours of classes and tutorials.
- [Courses] A series of 8 courses, each with a duration of 2 to 3 hours, will be taught. Instructors hail from Canada and France, but also Cameroon and Morocco.
- [Student presentations] Local and other sub-Saharan doctoral students will present their work, in order to obtain feedback from the instructors.
- [Work sessions] 6 thematic work sessions allowing to compare various mathematical techniques will be organized. These sessions are intended to foster collaborations between participants.
- [Plenary presentation] 6 plenary public conferences will be given by public health practitioners.
The School/Workshop will be organized in the Gaston Berger University (UGB) of Saint-Louis.
Students will be housed on campus.
UGB will provide a meeting room, a video-conference room, computer rooms and breakout rooms.