The talk will provide an overview of epidemiological agent-based models. We will discuss why agent-based models are useful, the components of agent-based models, and the issues related to their validation. We will then turn to COVID-19 and will survey a few agent-based models in use. Subsequently, we will discuss the IISc-TIFR city-scale agent-based framework for comparing various "unlockdown" strategies. The talk will end with a discussion of the outcomes of our studies on Mumbai and Bengaluru, e.g., graded openings of offices, graded opening of train services in Mumbai, importance of compliance, and the impact of different containment strategies.
Biography: Rajesh Sundaresan is a Professor at the Indian Institute of Science. He is currently associated with the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering, the Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber-Physical Systems, and the Centre for Networked Intelligence at the Indian Institute of Science. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1999, built communication modems at Qualcomm Inc. until 2005, and has been at the Indian Institute of Science since 2005, except for brief visitations to Qualcomm Inc., the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Toulouse Mathematical Institute. His research interests are in cyber-physical systems, cyber-social systems, and aspects of information exchange in such systems.