Presentation Title

Mathematical Modeling of a Zombie Apocalypse

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 302-15

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

As time progresses the human race makes incredible medical advancements. However, we sometimes fail to recognize that a virus we believe to have already contained and controlled in its entirety mutates and brings an epidemic that we may be unprepared for. In our research we used differential equations to model the spread of a disease such as rabies, which causes neurological abnormalities closely resembling zombie behavior. We are interested in predicting the amount of time we would have before the entire global population becomes infected if rabies were to mutate in a way that elicited an extremely rapid infection rate. We use the synopsis of Max Brook’s “World War Z” to obtain data that we can use to predict whether or not the outcome of the movie is realistic. Although a zombie apocalypse is not plausible in modern society, the model we use can accurately predict the outcome of a similar outbreak and the amount of time we would have in order to control and prevent it from reaching every last corner of the planet Earth.

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Mathematical Modeling of a Zombie Apocalypse

HUB 302-15

As time progresses the human race makes incredible medical advancements. However, we sometimes fail to recognize that a virus we believe to have already contained and controlled in its entirety mutates and brings an epidemic that we may be unprepared for. In our research we used differential equations to model the spread of a disease such as rabies, which causes neurological abnormalities closely resembling zombie behavior. We are interested in predicting the amount of time we would have before the entire global population becomes infected if rabies were to mutate in a way that elicited an extremely rapid infection rate. We use the synopsis of Max Brook’s “World War Z” to obtain data that we can use to predict whether or not the outcome of the movie is realistic. Although a zombie apocalypse is not plausible in modern society, the model we use can accurately predict the outcome of a similar outbreak and the amount of time we would have in order to control and prevent it from reaching every last corner of the planet Earth.