On Saturday, October 31, 2020, the Institute of Mathematics for Industry, Kyushu University, hosted a special collaborative online session "Mathematical Sciences Fighting with Infectious Diseases" together with three mathematics-related academic societies at the "Interdisciplinary / Inter-industry Research Exchange Meeting 2020."
This collaborative session was held as an activity of the "Advanced Innovation powered by Mathematics Platform (AIMaP)" commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
The "AIMaP" aims to accelerate joint researches between mathematics/mathematical sciences and other disciplines/industries, creating innovations through networks of academic societies and related organizations. The session was conducted in collaboration with the Mathematical Society of Japan, the Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Japanese Federation of Statistical Science Associations.
International trends and administrative efforts were first presented to make it clear in a broad way to the general public how mathematics and mathematical sciences fight with the world-shattering infectious diseases. Then mathematical models of infectious diseases were explained by mathematics experts. In the second half, Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a specialist in virology (The University of Tokyo), Professor Genshiro Kitagawa, a specialist in statistical mathematics (The University of Tokyo), and Professor Hiroyuki Fukano, the representative secretary of the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives, actively engaged in a panel discussion facilitated by Professor Takashi Suzuki (Osaka University).