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 apply these models to fish migration, human gang rivalries, and gang territorial development; I am now also working on models for pedestrian dynamics, particularly in stressful situations. I am interested in the kinetic and hydrodynamic limits of this type of model, especially if the model undergoes a phase transition as parameters are varied. I have studied these phase transitions at the microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic scale.


Current Students:

  • Lindsay Lee (advisor), PhD student in Applied Mathematics, expected 2021
  • Robert Volkin (advisor), PhD student in Applied Mathematics, expected 2019

Former Students:


Upcoming Activities

SIAM Dynamical Systems Conference: May 19-23 (Minisymposium organizer and speaker)

Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques Workshop: June 3-7, 2019 (Invited Participant)

Recent Activities

Joint Mathematics Meetings: January 16-19 (Speaker in Special Session on Agent-Based Modeling in Biological and Social Systems)

Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting: December 7-10, 2018 (Special Sessions Speaker)

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

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)