CNetS research associates present epidemic visualization and modeling tools at New Orleans supercomputing conference

Duygu Balcan and Bruno Gonçalves represented the Pervasive Technology Institute and the Center for Complex Networks and Systems at the 23rd Supercomputing Conference in New Orleans. At the conference they presented the Global Epidemic and Mobility (GLEaM) computational tool and the novel visualization component “Epidemic Planet” to researchers from the public and private sectors around the world.

The novel Epidemic Planet visualization, developed in collaboration with the ISI foundation, includes a touch-screen interface that allows users to set parameters for two separate pandemic outbreaks, and another screen that visualizes the pandemic spread in each case as an overlay on one of two global maps. Users can parametrize pandemic scenarios by country of origin, level of infectiousness, time of year, and other factors that define different disease scenarios.

The application is in continuous development, and has been shown at the Science Gallery at the Trinity College inDublin, the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the Science Beyond Fiction event at the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, the CosmoCaixa Science Museum in Barcelona, and more.