Towards Autonomous Pathogen Surveillance for Emerging Infectious Diseases

Saturday, February 18, 2017: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room 304 (Hynes Convention Center)
Ethan Jackson, Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA
Project PREMONITION aims to achieve early detection before a disease outbreak by collecting and analyzing blood samples obtained from mosquitoes at scale. PREMONITION: (1) autonomously obtains blood samples from animal populations via robotically-collected wild-caught mosquitoes, (2) applies high-throughput gene sequencing (NGS) to convert samples into metagenomic data, and then (3) uses cloud-scale computational genomics to extract potential threats.