Delineo Disease Modeling: The Future of Epidemiology
Team: Delineo Disease Modeling
The Delineo Disease Modeling Project is working to bring a fresh approach to the challenge of modeling the spread of pandemics. The project draws from a diverse set of academic fields, using knowledge and principles from computer science, applied mathematics, and public health to create a far more realistic model of disease spread. Using geolocation mobile phone data, the Delineo project seeks to model disease spread in communities ranging from sparsely inhabited rural towns to densely populated urban megacities. The goal of our project is to create a massively parallel and highly scalable system that can be run across computing platforms to create a virtual world in which the spread of a disease can be observed and measured, along with studying the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI’s) and different types of events on the spread of the disease. The model envisions populations in terms of extremely localized and specific “modules” comprising of people, their dwellings, and shared community spaces.