Optimal control of multi-strain epidemic processes in complex networks

Elena Gubar, Quanyan Zhu, Vladislav Taynitskiy

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The emergence of new diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, SARS, and Ebola, represent serious problems for the public health and medical science research to address. Despite the rapid development of vaccines and drugs, one challenge in disease control is the fact that one pathogen sometimes generates many strains with different spreading features. Hence it is of critical importance to investigate multi-strain epidemic dynamics and its associated epidemic control strategies. In this paper, we investigate two controlled multi-strain epidemic models for heterogeneous populations over a large complex network and obtain the structure of optimal control policies for both models. Numerical examples are used to corroborate the analytical results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGame Theory for Networks - 7th International EAI Conference, GameNets 2017, Proceedings
EditorsRachid Elazouzi, Xu Chen, Lingjie Duan, Anibal Sanjab, Donatello Materassi, Husheng Li
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783319675398
StatePublished - 2017
Event7th EAI International Conference on Game Theory for Networks, GameNets 2017 - Knoxville, United States
Duration: May 9 2017May 9 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Other7th EAI International Conference on Game Theory for Networks, GameNets 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Bi-virus models
  • Epidemic process
  • Optimal control
  • Structured population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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