2018 Modeling Conference
Please join us on Friday, October 26 for a one-day conference on using computational approaches in social and behavioral research. This conference is jointly sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Center for Social Dynamics & Community Health, and the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory.
Studying the complex contexts of health behaviors and the dynamic interactions of individuals with their social and physical environments is critical for identifying and informing public health intervention opportunities. This conference will bring together leaders from across the country to discuss the integration of modeling approaches into the field of behavioral and community health sciences. Through panel discussions and breakout sessions, attendees will learn about existing research, discuss associated challenges and opportunities, and chart a path forward for this emerging field.
There is no cost for this workshop. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided. If you plan on attending, please register by October 12.
Questions? Contact the CTSI Modeling Core at email@example.com or 412-864-3484.
If you would like to display a poster during the conference, please send an e-mail to Sharon Weber Crow (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line "MODELING BEHAVIOR POSTER ABSTRACT." Please be sure to include the following fields:
Your poster must fit on a foam board 60 inches wide and 40 inches tall, so we recommend a maximum size of just below those dimensions.
Venue and Parking:
The workshop will take place on the Oakland campus of the University of Pittsburgh, in the historic University Club, located at 123 University Place. For attendees driving to the conference, the nearest parking facility is the Soldiers and Sailors Parking Garage. Visitors must use the garage entrance at 4390 Bigelow Boulevard, as the entrance on University Place is for lease holders only.
A block of rooms has been reserved for out-of-town attendees at the Hotel Indigo Technology Center. Attendees can receive the University Rate if they mention that they are attending the “Pitt Modeling Conference.” Rooms will be held through October 3.
The conference will offer credits for Certified in Public Health Continuing Education (CPH-CE) and for Grand Rounds (GR) for the Graduate School of Public Health.
Event:       Pre-Conference Modeling Workshop
Date:        Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time:        12-5 p.m.
Location:  Graduate School of Public Health
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Public Health’s Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL) and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), both at the University of Pittsburgh. This hands-on workshop will focus on use of FRED (Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics), an agent-based modeling platform developed by the PHDL.
FRED uses census-based statistically representative synthetic populations that capture the demographic and geographically heterogeneous characteristics of actual populations, including realistic neighborhood, household, school, and workplace social networks. FRED populations are currently available for every state and county in the United States and selected international locations. FRED is a flexible system that can be used to model diverse situations, including infectious diseases, chronic conditions, demographic changes at the population level, and the effects of human behavior. It can be used to predict outcomes of an epidemic, such as epidemic curves and disease incidence, and is a tool for evaluating interventions, such as school closure, social distancing, and changes in vaccination behavior.
Workshop participants will become familiar with the FRED platform, learn the basics of incorporating and simulating agent behavior in simulation models, and create and run their own behavioral models using FRED Web, an online interface in which FRED models can be designed, run, and analyzed.
There is no cost for the workshop, but space is limited. Registration is required by Friday, October 12.