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Modelling infection spread using location tracking.

Mason, Andrew Michael; Dingle, Nicholas John; Knottenbelt, William John; Bell, Derek; Buchanan, William J; Thuemmler, Christoph


Andrew Michael Mason

Nicholas John Dingle

William John Knottenbelt

Derek Bell

Christoph Thuemmler


The precision of location tracking technology has improved greatly over the last few decades. We aim to show that by tracking the locations of individuals in a closed environment, it is now possible to record the nature and frequency of interactions between them. Further, that it is possible to use such data to predict the way in which an infection will spread throughout such a population, given parameters such as transmission and recovery rates. We accordingly present a software package that is capable of recording and then replaying location data provided by a high-precision location tracking system. The software then employs a combination of SIR modelling and the epidemiological technique of contact tracing in order to predict the spread of an ...


Mason, A. M., Dingle, N. J., Knottenbelt, W. J., Bell, D., Buchanan, W. J., & Thuemmler, C. (2010). Modelling infection spread using location tracking. International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 11, 442-461.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2010
Deposit Date Dec 14, 2010
Publicly Available Date Dec 31, 2010
Print ISSN 1368-2156
Electronic ISSN 1741-5144
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Pages 442-461
Keywords Location tracking technology; infection spread; transmission; recovery rates; SIR modelling; epidemiology;
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