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Modeling the eye as a window on the body

October 15 to October 19, 2018

at the

American Institute of Mathematics, San Jose, California

organized by

Lucia Carichino, Simone Cassani, Sergey Lapin, and Alice Verticchio Vercellin

This workshop, sponsored by AIM and the NSF, will be devoted to bringing together experts in mathematical modeling, medical doctors and statisticians to share their perspectives and expertise with the final goal to develop a mathematical model linking the eye to the body. The eye represents a unique organ where first signs of systemic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, emerge and may be assessed with non-invasive techniques.

The main topics for the workshop are:

  • Identification of the state of the art knowledge on modeling techniques and technologies used to study ocular and systemic diseases.
  • Discussion on the main challenges of the mathematical coupling of the eye to other vascular systems and/or organs in the body.
  • Implementation of the first steps for the development of the constitutive components of the coupled models.
  • Identification of the statistical methods necessary for parameter, estimation and model validation of the coupled models under investigation.
  • Development of a list of clinical questions of interest for the coupled mathematical models under investigation.

The central goal of the workshop is to use mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, and clinical data in synergy to help in the early diagnosis, follow up and treatment of ocular and systemic diseases. Since the condition of the eye is indicative of the one of the other organs in the body, coupled mathematical models are suitable tools to investigate correlations and/or to predict the effect of different diseases in different anatomical regions.

The workshop will differ from typical conferences in some regards. Participants will be invited to suggest open problems and questions before the workshop begins, and these will be posted on the workshop website. These include specific problems on which there is hope of making some progress during the workshop, as well as more ambitious problems which may influence the future activity of the field. Lectures at the workshop will be focused on familiarizing the participants with the background material leading up to specific problems, and the schedule will include discussion and parallel working sessions.

Space and funding is available for a few more participants. If you would like to participate, please apply by filling out the on-line form no later than April 15, 2018. Applications are open to all, and we especially encourage women, underrepresented minorities, junior mathematicians, and researchers from primarily undergraduate institutions to apply.

Before submitting an application, please read the description of the AIM style of workshop.

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