Containing Ebola With Mathematical Modeling

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When the Ebola virus looked as if it might run rampant across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, many groups at IBM sprang into action. One was a team of Almaden-based researchers working primarily on a pet food safety project with Mars Incorporated. The team organized a weekly Wednesday morning conference call in which some 40 organizations addressed ways to contain the spread of the disease until a cure could be found.

In this episode of Inside IBM Research, Kun Hu, a researcher at IBM Almaden Research Center, talks about STEM, the Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler, a mathematical tool that lets researchers simulate the evolution of highly contagious diseases such as Ebola with the goal of understanding them — and, ideally, preventing their spread altogether.

Inside IBM Research is recorded and edited by Brook Finkelstein, IBM Research communications.

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