Event Detail

Event Type: 
Applied Mathematics and Computation Seminar
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 16:00 to 17:00

Speaker Info


This talk is a part of SIAM Pacific Northwest seminar series organized by SIAM PNW Section. Zoom link will be sent to the AMC seminar list.

In early 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic was spreading across the US, a notable concern was how manufacturers such as Medtronic should allocate their newly produced ventilators to different parts of the country. Configuration and shipment decisions for these life-saving products needed to be made weeks ahead of time, and we did not yet have great understanding on how disease prevalence was likely to change over time. I this presentation I will discuss the evolution of multiple competing models to describe the spread of COVID-19, and talk about how we leveraged the output from these models to develop an ethical approach to the allocation of ventilators. While some technical details will be provided, the talk as a whole will be broadly accessible to college students without extensive specialized training.

Speaker biography: Dr. Theodore (Ted) Lystig is the Global Head of Biostatistics and a Technical Fellow at Medtronic, where he provides leadership and guidance in the use of robust statistical and research design methods throughout the company. He also holds the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Division of Biostatistics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lystig is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). He received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biostatistics from the University of Washington in Seattle, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Chalmers Technical University in Gothenburg, Sweden, in statistical genetics.