The presentation was aimed at undergraduate students, particularly those early in their programs. It attracted great interest amongst the university community, and sparked many interesting conversations about both zombie folklore and methods of mathematical modelling.
The original paper on which I based my talk is available from the University of Ottawa. See my full slides from the presentation below.
You can also visit the website of Robert J. Smith? (yes, that’s his actual name) to read some of the background behind the zombie paper, and find out about some of the actual uses for the mathematics that was used.
Matlab code is included at the end of the original paper. The function ‘zombies’ implements Euler’s method to solve the system of differential equations for the basic model. If you’re interested in playing with the model or parameters (as was discussed quite extensively on the day), you can edit the differential equations in this function.