Welcome to IMAID 2018 Innovative Mathematical Modeling for the Analysis of Infectious Disease Data


Hanabishi Hotel, Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan on 17-18 January, 2019


We are pleased to announce the forth Innovative Mathematical Modeling for the Analysis of Infectious Disease Data at Hanabishi Hotel, Japan on 17-18 January, 2019. Given recent advancement in the application of infectious disease modeling techniques to the analysis of empirical epidemic data, the forth meeting in 2019 will bring together leading researchers to present the latest insights into phylodynamic investigations, and will cover topics ranging from stability study of epidemiological modeling systems to data driven predictive models for epidemic forecasting.


The conference aims to go beyond ordinary epidemic modeling applications to explore potential unification of multiple theoretical frameworks analyzing both epidemiological and genetic data. We expect the meeting to be an opportunity for bioinformaticians, systems biologists, epidemiologists, computer scientists, statisticians, mathematicians and infectious disease experts to interact from each other.


To promote good interactions with different disciplines, the conference format is designed to promote discussion between delegates and speakers. Delegates are asked to remember that the “Innovative Mathematical Modeling for the Analysis of Infectious Disease Data” conference is affiliated with a special issue “Innovative epidemic modeling”, hosted by Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling journal. The submission of original research contribution will be open until 1st March 2019 (Note that the abstract submission deadline is 30 November 2018).


Any inquiries should be sent to:


Invited talk: 40 min (=30 min talk + 10 min discussions)

Invited lecture: 20 min (=15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)

Individual talk: 6 min (=4 slides in 4 min + 1 min Q&A + 1 min to switch presenter)


Program of IMAID

DAY 1 (17 January 2019)

Pre-conference research brainstorming (09:00-)


SESSION 1: Chaired by Shinji Nakaoka

  13:00 Introduction to IMAID, Hiroshi Nishiura

  13:10 Invited talk, Sungmok Jung

  13:50 Break (10 min)

  14:00 Individual talk

    Asami Anzai

    Nao Yamamoto

    Kosaku Kitagawa

    Natalie Linton

    Hyojung Lee

    Andrei Akhmetzhanov

    Kiyeon Kim

    Baoyin Yuan

  15:00 Invited talk, Saki Takahashi

  15:40 Break (10 min)


SESSION 2: Chaired by Shingo Iwami

  15:50 Invited lecture, Mitsuaki Takaki

  16:10 Invited lecture, Toshikazu Kuniya

  16:30 Individual talk

    Yichi Yang

    Tetsuro Kobayashi

    Shoya Iwanami

    Yusuke Ito

    Masa Saitoh

    Toru Takada

    Keita Yoshii

    Yusuke Asai

  17:30 Closing first day

  17:40 Conference dinner (faculty invitation)


DAY 2 (18 January 2019)

SESSION 3: Chaired by Hiroshi Nishiura

  09:10 Invited talk, Jess Metcalf

  09:50 Invited talk, Taishi Kayano

  10:30 Break (10 min)

  10:40 Individual talk

    Takayuki Yamaguchi

    Kwangsu Kim

    Ki-deok Lee

    Ryohei Saito

  11:00 Invited lecture, Yusuke Kakizoe

  11:20 Invited lecture, Hisashi Inaba

  11:40 Closing remark

  13:00-21:00 Post-conference consultations for collaborative research studies (optional)



Sponsored by:

Japan Science and Technology Agency CREST project (on the application of big data technique to infectious disease modeling, PI: Hiroshi Nishiura)

AMED project (infectious disease modeling, PI: Hiroshi Nishiura)



Hiroshi Nishiura, Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University


Committee members:

Kimihito Ito, Hokkaido University Research Center for Zoonosis Control

Shingo Iwami, Department of Biology, Kyushu University

Hisashi Inaba, Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Masaya Saitoh, Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Tokyo, Japan


Venue: Hanabishi Hotel


1-16-18 Yunokawacho Hakodateshi Hokkaido Japan



Registration form open: 1 November 2018

Abstract submission form open: 1 November 2018

Deadline for registration and abstract submission: 30 November 2018


Registration fees

Registrations of this conference is free of charge. 


Please register your name, affiliation and email contacts before 30 November 2018. To get registered, please submit the following information in email text with the email title "Register IMAID 2018" to:


1. Name

2. Affiliation

3. Email contact

4. Presentation: planned/not planned 


Confirmation and further instructions

Confirmation of registration will be sent by email to delegates. Further instructions will be sent out closer to the event, by email, to assist you with your visit to Hakodate, therefore please ensure you submit a current email address when registering.


Cancellation and transferring tickets

Cancellations must be notified in advance, or your bulk registration will interfere conference organizers.



The registration is free of charge and does not include insurance. Participants are advised to take out adequate personal insurance to cover travel, accommodation, cancellation and personal effects.


Visas and invitation letters

Invitation letters can be provided for delegates to help obtain a visa for the conference. Please email and include your full name and address. Please allow 5 working days for the letter to be issued. It is advisable to obtain a visa for travel as soon as possible, do not wait until abstracts have been reviewed as this may delay your chances of receiving a visa to the Japan.


Please send organizer ( a text file or a word file that contains the following information.



The title should be in sentence case with no full stop at the end, e.g: Results from experiments in this field



First name, middle initials if required, and surname with no full stop at the end. Underline the name of the corresponding author. A comma should separate author names. Where authors are from a number of different institutions, the appropriate institution number from the affiliation list should be given as a superscript number immediately after each author’s name, e.g.:


John Smith1, Susan Jones2, Bill Fisher3


If the authors are presenting an abstract on behalf of a study group, this information should not be included in the author list, but should appear in an Acknowledgements section.



Affiliations should include department, institute, town and country. Where there are multiple affiliations, each should be listed as a separate paragraph. Each institute should appear in the order used against the author names (see above paragraph) and show the appropriate superscript number, e.g.:


1Department, University, Town, State, Country, Zipcode, USA


2University, Town, State, Postcode, UK


2Company, Town, State, Canada, Postcode


Main text

Should not be more than 400 words

Please use single line spacing

Type the text unjustified, without hyphenating words at line breaks

Use hard returns only to end headings and paragraphs, not to rearrange lines

Use the BioMed Central reference format (see below)

Greek and other special characters may be included. If you are unable to reproduce a particular special character, please type out the name of the symbol in full SI units should be used throughout (litre and molar are permitted, however)

Abbreviations should be used as sparingly as possible and should be defined when first used

Web links (URLs) should be provided in full, including both the title of the site and the URL, in the following format: Reactome []


Structured abstracts

Abstracts that describe a method, software or a database can be submitted in an unstructured format.  Research-based abstracts should be structured into sections using the following headings typed in bold with no colon at the end, e.g.



Followed by regular text, on a new line and in the same format as shown above for main text.

Materials and methods




Tables - Tables should not be included.

Figures - Figures and illustrations should not be included.



Brief acknowledgements may be included and should be placed after Conclusions and before the References. If the abstract is being presented on behalf of a study group, this information should be noted here rather than in the author list.



All references should be cited consecutively in the text, using numbers in square brackets. Only papers that have been published, are in press, or are available through public e-print or preprint servers should be included in the reference list.


Journal abbreviations should follow MEDLINE standards.

References should be at the end of the abstract in BioMed Central style and preceded by the relevant reference number. An example of a reference for a journal article follows.  The full reference style guide can be found at the journal’s website (


1. Frumin AM, Nussbaum J, Esposito M. Functional asplenia: demonstration of splenic activity by bone marrow scan. Blood 1979;59 Suppl 1:26-32.


Please submit your abstract as a text file or a word file to:

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