# Articles on Mathematical modelling

## Predicting and planning for forest fires requires modelling of many complex, interrelated factors

Predicting how wildfires will behave is a complex endeavour, and requires sophisticated simulation models.

## Noise in the brain enables us to make extraordinary leaps of imagination. It could transform the power of computers too

From more accurate climate modelling to the prospect of truly creative computers, the brain’s use of noise has a lot to teach us.

## How to prevent COVID-19 ‘superspreader’ events indoors this winter

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, and the colder weather approaches, new mathematical models are needed to study changing social behaviours and indoor spaces.

## How mutant zebrafish helped unlock the secret to their stripes – new research

We wanted to find out which biological phenomena are crucial for pattern formation and which are just incidental. These sorts of questions can be answered with mathematical modelling.

## Vale Robert May, the legendary scientist who helped us understand ecosystems, chaos theory and even pandemics

Lord May was an illustrious scientist, a towering figure in the British establishment, and a quintessential Aussie. His theories help explain everything from complex ecosystems to financial markets.

## Predicting possible outcomes to coronavirus and other pandemics with models and simulations

Policy-makers at various levels of government rely on models and simulations to make predictions about controlling the spread of COVID-19.

## In Depth Out Loud podcast: how to model a pandemic

An audio version of an in depth article on why mathematical modelling is crucial to understanding pandemics like the new coronavirus.

## Scott Morrison has said we’ll face at least 6 months of disruption. Where does that number come from?

It’s based on a combination of mathematical modelling, computer simulation and historical data from other pandemics.

## How to flatten the curve of coronavirus, a mathematician explains

Currently, the number of confirmed global COVID-19 cases is doubling about every six days. At this rate, Australia’s health sector will be unable to cope.

## Mathematical modelling: a language that explains the real world

Mathematical modelling is capable of saving lives, assisting in policy and decision-making, and optimising economic growth.

## Why it makes medical – and mathematical – sense to finally vaccinate boys against the HPV virus

Everyone will benefit from wider HPV vaccinations.

## New autism early detection technique analyzes how children scan faces

Mathematics researchers have developed a technique for detecting autism that could eventually make a diagnostic process faster and less stressful for children and families.

## Africa needs specialist capacity to tackle the spread of infectious diseases

Applied Epidemiological Modelling has enormous potential to improve how decisions are made about public health in African countries.