Galileo’s Science Café - Data Science for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
Mar 10, 2022, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Verizon Auditorium, SciTech Campus & Virtual
Data Science for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
Abstract: People respond to crises in different ways. In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, we observe some individuals are more willing or able to engage in preventative behaviors than others. These behaviors might include mask use, social distancing, and more recently vaccine acceptance, all of which have major impacts on the trajectory of the disease. In this talk, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Mason discusses the key role of spatial-temporal data in better understanding the relationship between human behavior, mobility, and disease spread and how we can use this knowledge to improve predictive models. The research provides opportunities to evaluate implemented policies aimed at mitigation and support evidence-based policy-making going forward.