Modeling and Simulation of Infectious Diseases 

The pandemic of 2020, due to SARS-CoV-2, named COVID-19 and referred to as coronavirus, has been responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths in 2020 alone. Literally overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a huge increase of research in the area of modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. It is probably the single most important health issue that has faced modern civilization.  Accordingly, a new TTA on “MODELING AND SIMULATION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES” has been formed within USACM. The group is comprised of: 

Chair: Tarek Zohdi
Vice Chair: Ellen Kuhl
Members:  Thomas Hughes, J. Tinsley Oden, Krishna Garikipati, Roger Ghanem, Eugenio Onate, Rainald Lohner, Sergio Idelsohn, Cosmin Safta, Paul Steinmann 

This TTA will explore numerous aspects associated with this epoch-changing event that is now facing humanity. Contributions include, modeling and simulation of

  • Disease propagation
  • Decontamination protocols
  • Immune-responses
  • Logistical responses
  • Political responses

Time is of essence. Today, policy decisions are being made with literally life or death consequences, and it our belief that modeling and simulation can play a key role in guiding these decisions.  Thus, while we understand that definitive statements cannot be made at this time, we believe that modeling and simulation can help guide research toward concrete, tangible results in a timely fashion. This TTA seeks to coordinate activities in computational mechanics in modeling and simulating infectious diseases. We hope that this research will provide insight, spark discussion, and shape the way towards solving to this public health problem that continues to vex humanity.


Tarek I.  Zohdi, 
Professor and Will C. Hall Family Endowed Chair in Engineering 
Department of Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Ellen Kuhl
Robert Bosch Department Chair 
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University