New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Rabies Virus Spread

Team: 70

School: Melrose High

Area of Science: Biology and Epidemiology


Interim: Team Number: 70
School Name: Melrose High School
Area of Science: Biology and Epidemiology
Project Title: Rabies Virus Spread

Problem Definition:
Highly aggressive viruses can take over people’s minds and make them do highly aggressive things. Due to the nature of these viruses, they can be highly dangerous, and easily contracted from another being that has it. This can lead to rapid spread which can cause mass amounts of death and chaos if not properly treated or contained.
The purpose of our simulation is to show how fast the virus could spread and the severity of it, at the same time how it could be contained and treated. We have set up the programming where we have a select number of infected and non-infected that will randomly react to how the world plays out. Depending on how many people get infected, will determine how adequate the non-infected were at surviving the virus outbreak.

Problem Solution:
Our solution will be to hopefully stop the virus from spreading by containing and treating it. Our simulation will show how we succeed in doing this. We will give the non-infected enough intelligence to try to avoid the infected, and to evade them by hiding in houses to which they can build barriers on to keep the infected out. The infected will have one objective: infect all those who are not infected, in order to spread the virus. We will make them slightly faster to give them a physical advantage, in the hopes that the non-infecteds’ mental abilities can out smart them. We are hoping that the non-infected can survive the virus spread with the majority of their population, surviving.

Progress to Date:
As of today, we have generated a basic landscape for the survival of the non-infected. There are a number of buildings they can hide in, in order to evade the infected. We are currently trying to develop the mental abilities of the non-infected, and the physical abilities of the infected. We hope we can get them to interact the way we feel a majority of people would react in a basic survival situation. We are also trying to develop barriers that the infected cannot get through, but the non-infected can. This will give them a safe place to hide and avoid the infected. We are trying to incorporate it so that the infected can tear down the barriers, unless the non-infected make them extremely powerful so that it in turn kills the infected.


Expected Results:
We want to see the non-infected either completely over run by the infected, or the infected contained and treated. We want the non-infected to show basic survival instincts by avoided the infected and trying to make it impossible for them to become infected. While we are expecting this to happen, we also want the infected to do whatever they can to make the non-infected, infected.

Team Members: Thomas Martin, Aaron Young, Nathan Wech, James Rush
Sponsoring Teacher: Alan Daugherty


Team Members:

  james rush
  Thomas Martin
  Nathaniel Wech
  Aaron Young

Sponsoring Teacher: Alan Daugherty

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