Mathematical models are playing an important role in the ongoing pandemic, providing insights into the spread of the virus and the effects of interventions to help inform response strategies. This seminar given by Rachelle Binny will give an overview of mathematical modelling by Te Pūnaha Matatini to support New Zealand’s COVID-19 response. Binny will describe the models used to simulate spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand, how they can help inform decisions on switching between Alert Levels, and how we are modelling the risk of new cases arriving at the border.

Rachelle Binny is a is a mathematical biology researcher at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research in Christchurch NZ, and a Principle Investigator in Te Pūnaha Matatini, the NZ Centre of Research Excellence for Complex Systems and Networks.

This lecture was part of the 2021 Ihaka Lecture Series hosted by the Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland.

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Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this lecture reflect the views of the lecturer and not necessarily the views of The Big Q. 

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