This volume gathers together selected, peer-reviewed papers presented at the BIOMAT 2020 International Symposium, which was virtually held on November 1-6, 2020, with an organization staff based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Topics covered in this volume include infection modeling, with an emphasis on different aspects of the COVID-19 and novel Coronavirus spread; a description of the effectiveness of quarantine measures via dynamic analysis of SLIR model; hemodynamic simulations in time-dependent domains; an optimal control model for the Ebola disease; and the co-existence of chaos and control in the context of biological models. Texts in agroforestry, economic development, and wastewater treatment processes complete this volume. Held every year since 2001, the BIOMAT International Symposium gathers together, in a single conference, researchers from Mathematics, Physics, Biology, and affine fields to promote the interdisciplinary exchange of results, ideas and techniques, promoting truly international cooperation for problem discussion. The 20th edition of the BIOMAT International Symposium has received contributions by authors from 18 countries: Algeria, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China (Hong Kong), Colombia, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Morocco, Nigeria, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, USA, and Uzbekistan. Previous BIOMAT volumes with selected works from 2017, 2018, and 2019 were also published by Springer.
Rubem P. Mondaini is President of the BIOMAT Consortium/International Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences and a Full Professor of Mathematical Biology and Biological Physics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Brazilian Centre for Physical Research, Brazil. His research activities abroad include a period as a Visiting Scientist at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy (1978) and as a Senior Postdoc at the Department of Mathematics of King's College, University of London, UK (1986). He was also a Visiting Professor at the Centre of Physics of Condensed Matter, Lisbon, Portugal (1986) and at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Princeton University (2008). He has been the Chairman of the Annual BIOMAT Conferences since their inception during the BIOMAT 2001 Symposium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.