Here are some personal impressions from JMM 2013:
- I attended in full only three sections. To make an interesting conference when there are over 6 thousand registered participants is almost impossible. However, the section on AMS Special Session on the Mathematics of Natural Resource Modeling was extremely interesting.
- As usual Jim Cushing gave two wonderful lectures. They both were devoted to advertising a rich source of discrete time mathematical models that arise upon uniting evolutionary and ecologically dynamics.
- I met Greg Dwyer, whose work on the evolutionary and ecological aspects of infectious disease dynamics is relevant to my own theoretical investigations of the heterogeneous models in epidemiological modeling.
- My presentation was devoted to the stochastic aspects of SIR heterogeneous epidemics, here are the slides. There were some good questions and genuine interest. However, most of the discussion was initiated by my statement that “deterministic models in general are not the mean values of some stochastic models.” I will make a separate post on the subject.