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Faculty of Science

Robert SMITH

Robert SMITH
Associate Professor
Mathematics and Statistics
KED 205G
(613) 562-5800 x3864
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Research Interests:
Dr. Smith’s research involves the application of mathematical models to study infectious diseases. He mostly studies HIV, but is also interested in malaria, West Nile virus, Human Papilloma virus and Chagas' disease. Of particular interest is the application of control methods, such as drugs, vaccines, microbicides and other interventions. The mathematical theory he uses to study these diseases involves impulsive differential equations; these are differential equations with discontinuous jumps that depend on either the time of impulse, the state of the system immediately before an impulse, or a combination of both.

Selected publications:
  • Munz, P., Hudea, I., Imad, J., Smith, R.J. When zombies attack!: Mathematical modelling of an outbreak of zombie infection. Infectious Disease Modelling Research Progress, in: J.M. Tchuenche and C. Chiyaka, eds, pp133-150, 2009
  • Smith, R.J., Li, J., Gordon, R., Heffernan, J.M. Can we spend our way out of the AIDS epidemic? A world halting AIDS model. BMC Public Health, 9 (Suppl 1):S15), 2009
  • Smith, R.J., Aggarwala, B.D. Can the viral reservoir of latently infected CD4+ T cells be eradicated with antiretroviral HIV drugs?. Journal of Mathematical Biology, 59, 697-715, 2009
  • Smith, R.J. Modelling disease ecology with mathematics. American Institute of Mathematical Sciences, 2008
  • Smith, R.J., Hove-Musekwa, S.D. Determining effective spraying periods to control malaria via indoor residual spraying in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences, Volume 2008, Article ID 745463, 2008