Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme


Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Mathematical Sciences

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor Fawang Liu
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


In the last decades, some epidemic diseases have been found to cause problems whose magnitude has increased dramatically. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently stated that it is the most important arthropod-borne viral disease of humans.

These epidemic diseases include:

  • dengue
  • H1N1
  • leptospirosis
  • measles
  • SIR
  • SIRC
  • SEIR
  • salmonella bacterial.

Fractional derivatives epidemic systems have also been used to deal with some epidemic behaviors.

This proposal aims to carry out innovative and novel research on developing effficient, robust and accurate computational models and parameter estimation techniques for fractional order epidemic models.

Research activities

Activities will include:

  • conducting a thorough preliminary literature review
  • undertaking coursework where needed
  • attending school seminars and fractional group meeting developing a rigorous theoretical analysis of fractional models
  • deriving, designing and implementing numerical methods for solving
  • factional differential equations


The outcomes of this research project will depend on your study level.

If you're undertaking your PhD, you'll write 4-6 Q1 journal papers.

If you're undertaking your Honours or Master of Philosophy, you'll write 1 Q1 journal papers.

Skills and experience

Your proposed supervisor will discuss with you what skills and experiences are required. Ideally, you should have skills and/or experience with computational mathematics and MATLAB.

If you're an Honours, or Master of Philosophy student, you must have the potential, and an interest, in undertaking postgraduate research study for PhD.

If you're involved in the Vacation Research Experience Scheme, you must have the potential, and an interest, in undertaking postgraduate research study (Honours, Masters or PhD).


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



Contact the supervisor for more information.