How can Data Science help in the times of a pandemic

Live educational session with Bart de Witte (Founder at HIPPO AI Foundation, Digital Health Academy, Futurist & Medical AI Activist), Simone Bianco (Research Staff Member and IBM Rock Star Employee), Tamas David-Barrett (Behavioural Scientist).

It’s official - WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. As the virus spreads exponentially and containment is not an option anymore, the strategies for slowing the spread of the infection will have a tremendous impact on the outcome of the current health crisis.

In times of complex problems like this, the central role goes to the scientific community, government and public/social institutions, and the success or a failure depends on how all three communities cooperate. In particular, how can data science help manage facts vs fiction in the current situation? Will the public listen to scientific advice and implement it?

In this webinar, behavioural scientist (Tamas David-Barrett), medical AI activist and social entrepreneur (Bart De Witte), and IBM Watson’s Researcher (Simone Bianco) will introduce the audience to:

  1. The ways to predict where the coronavirus will hit the hardest next using regression models and mathematical algorithms;
  2. A medical activist's perspective on what are the biggest pain points and hurdles to overcome the pandemic;
  3. A behavioural scientist’s perspective on the social and media response to the health crisis.

Duration: 60 mins
Date & Time: March 19th, 6 PM CET

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Bart de Witte is one of the leading experts for digital transformation in healthcare and one of the most influential forward thinkers of the digital health era. He is a medical AI activist that believes medical knowledge needs to stay open. He founded the HIPPO AI Foundation, the first global NGO for open source-based artificial intelligence in medicine, and the Digital Health Academy in Berlin.

Tamás Dávid-Barrett is a behavioural scientist, who asks what traits allow humans to live in large and culturally complex societies. His work focuses on how the structure of social networks change during falling fertility, urbanisation, and migration; as well as, how social networks vary over the human life-course.

Simone Bianco is research staff member in the department of Industrial and Applied Genomics at the IBM Almaden Research Center, where he leads the cellular engineering lab. He got his BS and MS in Physics at the University of Pisa, Italy, and his PhD in Physics from the University of North Texas. His main research interests are in theoretical evolutionary biology, especially the evolution of RNA viruses, and cellular engineering.