Contact Information


Full Name: Alethea Barbaro
Office: 241 Yost Hall
Phone: (216) 368-2874
Email: abb71 (at)

Dept. of Math, Applied Math & Statistics
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue, Yost Hall
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7058

Phonetic Pronunciation: Alethea: uh-LEE-thee-uh [soft “th”] Barbaro: BAR-buh-roe

Alethea Barbaro



Research Interests

My research focuses on mathematical models, generally of social organisms, from the perspective of kinetic theory. At the discrete level, I design and implement interacting particle and agent-based models. I have applied these models to fish migration, human gang rivalries, and gang territorial development, and I am now working on models for more general pedestrian dynamics. I am interested in the kinetic and hydrodynamic limits of these types of models, especially if the model undergoes a phase transition as one or more of the parameters is varied. I have studied these phase transitions at the microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic scales.



Current Students:

  • Lindsay Lee (advisor), PhD student in Applied Mathematics, expected May 2020
  • Robert Volkin (co-advisor), PhD student in Applied Mathematics, expected August 2019
  • Carrie Winterer (co-advisor), MS in Statistics, expected August 2018

Former Students:


Upcoming Activities

SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences, August 6-9, 2018 (Minisymposium Organizer and Speaker)

Dagstuhl Seminar:  Algorithmic Foundations of Programmable Matter, August 12-17, 2018 (Invited Participant)


Recent Activities

American Institute of Mathematics Workshop: Nonlocal differential equations in collective behavior, June 18-22, 2018 (Invited Participant)

AMS Fall Western Sectional Meeting: November 4-5, 2017 (Special Session Speaker)

ICERM Topical Workshop: Pedestrian Dynamics: Modeling, Validation, and Calibration, August 21-25, 2017 (Workshop Co-Organizer)

SIAM Annual Meeting, August 2017 (Minisymposium Organizer)

PDE-MANS 2017: Workshop on PDEs: Modeling, Analysis, and Numerical Simulation, June 19-23, 2017 (Minisymposium Speaker)

KI-Net Conference: Kinetic Descriptions of Chemical and Biological Systems, March 23-25, 2017 (Invited Participant)

SIAM Computational Science and Engineering, February 27-March 3, 2017 (Minisymposium Speaker)

ICERM Topical Workshop: Predictive Policing, August 8-12, 2016 (Participant)

SIAM Life Sciences Meeting, July 11-14, 2016 (Minisymposium Organizer and Speaker)