Decision, Operations & Information Technologies

Tianshu Sun

Tianshu began the program in Fall 2011. His research interests include information sharing, WOM, crowdsourcing, and market design in healthcare (specifically blood, organ and internet markets).

Flu or Something More Sinister? Using Computer Models to Find Out

Symptoms resulting from a bioterrorism attack could be alarmingly similar to those of the flu. A computer model developed by Sean Barnes, assistant professor of operations management, aims to identify one from the other by their very different transmission dynamics. 

Barnes built his original simulation model for his dissertation as a mathematics PhD student at the University of Maryland (2012) to help public health officials seeing the two scenarios play out and determine which they are dealing with. 

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