Mitigating an Influenza Pandemic in Real Time

Faculty at the University of South Florida has developed a simulation-based tool to find the optimal way to mitigate the impact of an influenza pandemic across multiple regions. It considers multiple mitigation strategies, including vaccination, antivirals, voluntary quarantines, and social distancing. A key feature is that it can be used in real-time as a pandemic progresses. From the article:

(a) the model is capable of re-allocating resources remaining from the previous allocations and thus achieves a more efficient resource utilization; (b) the model incorporates the costs of the resources and aims to allocate a total available budget, as opposed to allocating available quantities of individual resources, which vary in their relative cost and effectiveness.

Snapshot of the decision-aid simulation GUI

Snapshot of the decision-aid simulation GUI

The complete citation is Andrés Uribe-Sánchez, Alex Savachkin, Alfredo Santana, Diana Prieto-Santa and Tapas K. Das, A predictive decision-aid methodology for dynamic mitigation of influenza pandemics, OR Spectrum, Volume 33, Number 3, 751-786, DOI: 10.1007/s00291-011-0249-0

2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference

Call for Papers: 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference. Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida, May 19-23, 2012.

Deadline for Abstract Submission is November 11, 2011. Abstract submission site: http://www.xcdsystem.com/iie/. Conference web site: www.iienet.org/annual

The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) is pleased to invite submissions for the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC). The ISERC is the new name for the Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC). The ISERC, which is part of the IIE Annual Conference and Expo, is a forum for exchanging knowledge and discoveries in the industrial and systems engineering research community.

The conference includes tracks in healthcare systems, homeland security, operations research, and many other areas. Interested researchers are encouraged to contribute to the conference by submitting an abstract. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present their work in ISERC sessions. See a complete list at the conference program web page.

All presenters are also encouraged to submit a full length paper for the conference proceedings. The papers should contain results that are significant and have archival value to the industrial and systems engineering research community; however, the papers are more limited in scope and length than a full-length journal paper. Full papers have a ten-page limit and will undergo a double-blind peer review process.

The Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis

Armin R. Mikler, Tamara Schneider-Jimenez, Chetan Tiwari and Marty O’Neill II at the Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis have developed the RE-PLAN system to create and analyze emergency response plans, including the distribution of Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) assets. Although the software uses maps, the user does not need GIS expertise. Their model also analyzes traffic flow to and from PODS. They have made a video (about 9 minutes long) demonstrating its functionality.

For more information, visit the center web site or contact Dr. Armin R. Mikler at Armin.Mikler@unt.edu.