Vida Decision Support System International Network Meeting - December 2020




December 15, 2020
8:00am — 10:00am ET

The goal of the December meeting of the Vida Decision Support System International Network was to discuss the topic of public health analyses. Speakers from the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico presented on their efforts in this area and how it relates to the Vida project. There was also a discussion period after the presentations to facilitate sharing of insights and lessons learned.

Summary information for the meeting can be found here.

Please view the agenda below. Slides from each presenter are linked in the agenda.

The Space Enabled research group at the MIT Media Lab is leading a team to design decision support tools to inform public policy in response to challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This project creates a platform for collaboration between technologists to build the Vida Decision Support System, a customized online tool targeted for use by public sector officials at the city and regional level who are making policies regarding public health, the economy, or environmental management. The Vida Decision Support System helps city and regional leaders understand the relationships between important societal factors that are changing by creating models in the following areas: Public Health, Environment, Socioeconomic Impacts, Public Policy, and Disease Surveillance Technology. Vida is based on an integrated Data Visualization and Modeling Framework created by the Space Enabled research group at MIT that combines multiple data sources and creates simulations of the current or potential future states of a city or region. More background information about the Vida Decision Support System can be found here.


All times are in ET, post-daylights savings time

Introduction | 8:05 AM

Opening remarks from Professor Danielle Wood

Vida DSS Demonstration | 8:10 AM

An overview of the Vida framework and a demonstration of the current Vida prototype tool by PhD student Seamus Lombardo

US Vida Team Public Health Model Presentation | 8:15 AM

  • Speaker name: Dr. Mohammad Jalali

Vida Collaborator Presentations | 8:35 AM (15 minutes each)

Presentations from Vida collaborators in the following order: Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico.

Presentation from the team in Indonesia

Presentation from the team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Presentation from the team in Mexico

Open Mic and Discussion | 9:35 AM

Open mic comments from attendees with public health knowledge or general conversation regarding public health and Vida

Conclusion | 9:50 AM

Summary of where information can be found and closing remarks from Professor Danielle Wood.

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