Optimal control techniques for management strategies in biological models

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 10:00am - 10:50am
Lind 305
Suzanne Lenhart (University of Tennessee)
Two examples with different optimal control techniques to choose management actions will be presented. One model is a PDE system representing Zika spreading across a state in Brazil; the control varying in space and time is a vaccination rate. Data from Brazil were used to estimate parameters. The second model represents a large scale forest fire. We incorporate the stochasticity of the time of a fire into our model and explore the trade-offs between prevention management spending and suppression spending. A large fire event in the past was used to form an illustrative example.

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