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Utilizing Urgent Computing to Tackle the Spread of Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Event Type
Big Data
Computational Science
Data Analytics
Emerging Technologies
Extreme Scale Comptuing
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
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TimeFriday, 19 November 202111am - 11:20am CST
DescriptionIt is estimated that around 80% of the world's population live in areas susceptible to at-least one major vector borne disease, and approximately 20% of global communicable diseases are spread by mosquitoes. Furthermore, the outbreaks of such diseases are becoming more common and widespread, with much of this driven in recent years by socio-demographic and climatic factors. These trends are causing significant worry to global health organizations, including the CDC and WHO, and-so an important question is the role that technology can play in addressing them.

In this work we describe the integration of an epidemiology model, which simulates the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, with the VESTEC urgent computing ecosystem. The intention of this work is to empower human health professionals to exploit this model and more easily explore the progression of mosquito-borne diseases. Traditionally in the domain of the few research scientists, by leveraging state of the art visualization and analytics techniques, all supported by running the computational workloads on HPC machines in a seamless fashion, we demonstrate the significant advantages that such an integration can provide. Furthermore we demonstrate the benefits of using an ecosystem such as VESTEC, which provides a framework for urgent computing, in supporting the easy adoption of these technologies by the epidemiologists and disaster response professionals more widely.
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