Fighting Pandemics in the Age of Big Data

When: Friday, October 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Where: WV G 102
Speaker: Professor Alessandro Vespignani
Organization: Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor
Sponsor: PRISM

Disease have no boundaries. We live in an interconnected world where every day one billion cars take to the road and more than two billion people travel each year by plane. By taking advantage of the ever increasing wealth of datasets available, we are finally in the position to develop large scale models that by combining theory, data, and computational thinking can deliver forecasting power to be used to anticipate trends, evaluate risks, and eventually manage future epidemics.