Covid-19 related research projects


MODellgestützte Untersuchung von Schulschließungen und weiteren Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung von COVID-19 (MODUS-COVID)

Project Heads

Prof. Dr. Kai Nagel (TU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Christof Schütte (ZIB/FU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Tim Conrad (FU Berlin/ZIB), Prof. Dr. Dirk Brockmann (HU Berlin)

Project Members

Sebastian Alexander Müller (TU Berlin), Dr. Nataša Djurdjevac Conrad (ZIB), Frank Schlosser (HU Berlin)

Cooperation Partner

TU Berlin, Zuse-Institut Berlin/FU Berlin, HU Berlin

Project Duration

12 Month

Located at

TU Berlin, Zuse-Institut Berlin/FU Berlin, HU Berlin


In this joint project complex model applications are used to investigate the infection dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 in an urban, regional and national context.


The central idea of the project is to build a pipeline that allows to generate synthetic persons with mobility patterns for any region in Germany, to subject these persons to infection dynamics, and to test the response of the infection dynamics to different interventions (e.g. school closures) in order to subsequently evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions.


The focus of TU Berlin is the extension of the mesoscopic traffic simulation MATSim to simulate infection dynamics, the testing and processing of sub-contracted mobile data-based movement patterns, as well as the implementation of measures within the activity and traffic model.


The subproject of the Zuse Institute Berlin are working on developing new methods for modeling, simulation and analysis of infection dynamics, that will be integrated into the existing prototypes.


COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; pandemic; mobility models; virus spreading dynamics;human mobility, mathematical model; lockdown; containment; shutdown; public transport;

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