From Human Mobility to Real Time Numerical Forecasts of Global Epidemic Spreading

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Room 204 (Hynes Convention Center)
Alessandro Vespignani , Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Diseases have no boundaries. We live in an interconnected world where every day one billion cars takes the road and more than 2 billions people travel each year by plane. By taking advantage on the ever increasing wealth of datasets available on human mobility we are finally in the position to develop large scale models that combining theory, data and computational thinking can deliver forecasting power to be used to anticipate trends, evaluate risks and eventually manage future epidemics.