[PAST EVENT] Shadrack Antwi: Applied Science Dissertation Defense

November 21, 2014
2pm - 4pm
James Blair Hall, Room 223
250 James Blair Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Abstract: The complex social relationships in society can be understood as a network. In recent years, complex networks have therefore been used to give researchers a more accurate picture of social interactions than aggregation models such as compartmental models had hitherto provided with their collection of individuals into population classes based on infection state, for instance. Topics of modeling for complex networks have included the dynamics of social relationships and how they affect disease and opinion spread. Different types of relationships, such as friendly or unfriendly, have been considered. These relationships among people may yield to them beneficial outcomes such as support, collaborations, idea exchange, and communication paths, or harmful outcomes such as animosity, channels for disease spread, or as channels for bad rumors.

Bio: Shadrack Adu Antwi was born in Sunyani, Ghana. He graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering in June 2006, and from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, with a Master of Science degree in Economics in May 2009. In August 2009, he started his Ph.D. education in Applied Science at The College of William and Mary.