Webinar: Focusing on Mathematical Models & Analysis of the COVID-19 Crisis

The Office of International Affairs, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda hosted an International Webinar on “Focusing on Mathematical Models & Analysis of the COVID-19 Crisis” on 17th & 18th June, 2020. 

The event was done in collaboration with Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland and the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science & Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Technology and Engineering and the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

The webinar coordinators were Professor (Dr.) Dhanesh Patel, Director, Office of International Affairs, the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda; and Dr Matti Heilio, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland.

The webinar was held on the ‘Zoom’ platform and was also streamed live on Facebook & YouTube. 

In recent Days the COVID-19 pandemic is currently creating an important activity among applied and industrial mathematicians across the globe. Mathematical Modelling and simulation is a topic of interest in today’s scenario. Based on this we wanted to organize an International Webinar to throw some light on Covid 19 through mathematical  modelling and simulation. In this webinar, since it’s a new field of research, the experts from different countries expressed their own modelling and simulation techniques in their presentation.

The Webinar received an overwhelming response with over 700 individuals from 41 countries participating. 

The Participating Countries (in alphabetical order):

Algeria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Cameroun, Canada, China, Cote d’Ivoire, France, Gambia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Rwanda, Somaliland, Soudan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, and USA.


The participants included distinguished academicians, industry leaders and students. 

The webinar was inaugurated by  Professor (Dr.) Parimal Vyas, Honourable Vice Chancellor, The Maharaja Sayajirao University. 

There were five speakers on June 17:

1. Professor (Dr.) Edwin R. van den Heuvel, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. Title: Predictions and changes in the spread of the corona virus in different countries - data oriented approaches.





2. Professor (Dr.) Thomas Goetz, University Koblenz-Landau, Germany. Title: SIR- type models and parameter estimation for COVID-19 in Germany.




3. Professor (Dr.) Tyll Krueger, Department of Control Systems and Mechatronic, Faculty of Electronics, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. Title: Contact tracing and testing of strategies – insights from the MOCOS Covid-19 micro simulation model.




4. Professor (Dr.) Arni S.R. Srinivasa Rao, Director, Laboratory for Theory and Mathematical Modeling,Department of Population Health Science: Epidemiology Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, Georgia, United States of America. Title: Artificial intelligence framework and mathematical modeling for COVID-19 identification and spread.


5.Dr Matti Heilio, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland, moderated the Panel discussion and made the closing remarks.



There were an additional five speakers on June 18:

1. Professor (Dr.) Jean-Guy Caputo, INSA de Rouen, France. Title: Epidemic model on a network: analysis and applications to COVID-19. 



2. Dr Betty Nannyonga, College of Natural Sciences Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Title: Infodemic: How an Epidemic of Misinformation could lead to a High Number of Novel Corona Virus Disease Cases in Uganda.




3. Dr. Josephine Wairimu Kagunda School of Mathematics, Chiromo Campus, University of Nairobi, Kenya.Title: Predictive models of COVID-19 disease and outcomes in Kenya.


4. Professor (Dr) Uffe Hogsbro Thygesen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark. Title: Modelling the COVID-19 Epidemic in Denmark.



5. Dr Robin Thompson , University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.Title: Mathematical modeling in the early stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


The closing remarks were given by the Honorable Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr. Parimal Vyas.The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.


Dhanesh Patel

Prof (Dr.) Dhanesh Patel is Professor of Applied Mathematics and Director of the Office of International Affairs at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat, India. He currently serves on the Council of ECMI.