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Welcome 2020!

Our UG student blogger Martin Smit has started a discussion on our University's social media platform MyWarwick. As an offer holder, you are entitled to join in (log in details have been sent to you along with the offer, but if you can not find it see under their FAQs for how to get access).

Given the unusual circumstances this year, we would like to provide some inspiration for mathematics, statistics, and data science, with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary and real-world applications. For the next two months, biweekly on Tuesdays, we will add new packages with material for you to learn and explore. All resources we link are openly accessible at no cost. There are three categories:

  • Mathematical and statistical puzzles will increase your repertoire in problem solving techniques. Hints to the puzzles will be posted a week later and solutions two weeks later.
  • Resources for training can deepen your knowledge or lead you to something new. You can benefit from a rich landscape of online open source free resources. We will provide some starting points.
  • Data-driven research is something you can engage with already now, using some of the numerous openly accessible data repositories maintained by governments, universities, research institutes and citizen scientists. You can explore quantitative questions in many domains including epidemiology, ecology, molecular biology, economics, finance, demography, psychology, and many more. We will introduce you to some data sets and encourage you to explore some questions.

In some of the packages we will provide resources from which you can learn about the mathematics, statistics and data science techniques used to model and manage infectious disease outbreaks. Mathematical scientists all over the world play a central role in fighting the pandemic. Note in particular our section on Warwick research about the Covid-19 outbreak further below.

If your younger siblings would also benefit from some educational material, check out Warwick's Online education resources for school children.

Package 4 (will be posted on 2.6.2020)

Warwick research about the Covid-19 outbreak

The interdisciplinary institute SBIDER, focusses on understanding and predicting the spread and control of many infectious diseases, bringing together the latest mathematical methodology with biological understanding to generate novel insights. They are currently focussing on Covid-19. Among other projects, they are working on an intervention programme for East Africa jointly with colleagues from the School of Life Sciences and the Department of Statistics, funded by the Wellcome Trust. The Department of Statistics contributes estimates of the model parameters of the Covid-19 outbreak based on local and national hospital data. Some statisticians develop a stochastic model to improve the understanding of the uncertainties involved in infectious disease modelling. Led by a Warwick statistician, COVID-19 in England, improves epidemiological predictive models through calibration on daily numbers of infected and deaths (age-structured).

Warwick Statisticians also collaborate with scientists to understand the risk factors contributing to the severity of Covid-19 cases. In a joint project with the Warwick Medical School they try to gain a better understanding the molecular biology of the virus and its interactions with humans to optimise treatment. A clinical trail about optimising Covid-19 treatments for critically ill patients is under way. Three doctors and clinical educators at University of Warwick have launched new bedside tool to support frontline healthcare workers.

Furthermore, Warwick statisticians are leading the development of a platform to help government in tacking the Covid-19 crisis. This will provide statistical tools to compare the likely consequences not only on measurements of various wide ranging health consequences of various choices of countermeasure but also their impacts on public well being.

Warwick is also involved in an international and interdisciplinary team of researchers from twelve different academic institutions, along with IESE, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge and Oxford, among others, collecting survey data on how citizens perceive and cope with the spreading coronavirus. The Warwick GPR (Global Research Priority) Food considers the impact of Covid-19 on the food system. Researchers from the Warwick Business School study exit strategies, including the scenario of releasing young people from the lockdown.

The WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) uses their technical expertise to contribute to solving the crisis. Cyber Security has led a nationally representative survey of the UK population on attitudes to contact tracing applications with preliminary findings already released, and one of their experts on Supply Chain and Logistics Management is currently using his skills and experience to serving as a Major in the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) with 2 Operational Support Group support the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland with logistic planning.

Furthermore, Warwick staff and students are helping to respond to the pandemic in a variety of ways.