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Call for Papers: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization Special Section on Mathematical Modeling, Analysis, and Control of Epidemics

SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization (SICON) plans a Special Section to bring together contributions at the intersection of the fields of systems and control theory and the mathematical study of epidemic spread processes. We envision submissions related to COVID-19, but we additionally encourage general topics associated with epidemic processes.

Submissions will be accepted July 1 through November 1, 2020. 

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the spotlight the critical importance and danger of complex epidemic processes. The intent of the section is to gather recent developments aimed at addressing the fundamental challenges inherent in the mathematical analysis, estimation, and control of epidemics. Specific topics addressed in the section include (but are not limited to):

  • Mathematical modeling and analysis methods, including ordinary and partial differential equations as well as deterministic and stochastic systems
  • Closed-loop control design strategies, including triggers for enforcing and relaxing non-pharmaceutical intervention strategies
  • Optimization algorithms for intervention scheduling and resource allocation,
  • Computational methods for stochastic simulation
  • Learning methods for early tracking, identification, inference, and data-driven analysis.


All interested should submit a manuscript and cover letter in PDF format via SICON’s online submission site: Note the block labeled Special Section (just under the keywords block on your submission screen). From the dropdown select " Mathematical Modeling, Analysis, and Control of Epidemics.”

If any questions, contact Mitch Chernoff, SIAM Publications Manager, at c[email protected]or Brian Fauth, Editorial Associate, at [email protected]Questions about suitability of content can be directed to Francesco Bullo, guest editor-in-charge, at [email protected].

Submit work for consideration July 1 through November 1, 2020.

Guest Editors:

Carolyn Beck, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Francesco Bullo, University of California, Santa Barbara
Giacomo Como, Politecnico di Torino
Kimon Drakopoulos, University of Southern California
Dang H. Nguyen, University of Alabama
Cameron Nowzari, George Mason University
Victor M. Preciado, University of Pennsylvania
Shreyas Sundaram, Purdue University
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