Vida Decision Support System International Network Meeting - September 2021




September 28, 2021
8:00am — 9:30am ET

The meeting will focus on updates to the Vida prototypes and the work of Vida network collaborators,  as well as on discussions regarding data management and data visualization. Speakers from Chile, Mexico and the US will present on their efforts in this area. There will also be a discussion period after the presentations to facilitate sharing of insights and lessons learned. 

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Please view the agenda below.  Recordings and summary information will be available after the meeting.

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-daylight savings time

Introduction | 8:05 AM

Opening remarks from Professor Danielle Wood

Vida DSS  Overview and Status Update  | 8:10 AM

An overview of the Vida project and the current prototype DSS versions by Jack Reid

  • Speaker name: Jack Reid
  • Organizational Affiliation: MIT

Vida Collaborator Presentations | 8:25 AM

Presentation from the team in Mexico | (10 minutes)

  • Speaker name:  Prof. Joaquin Salas
  • Organizational Affiliation:  Instituto Politécnico Nacional
  • Presentation Title: Assessment of vulnerability from satellite images using deep learning

Presentation from the team in the United States | (15 minutes)

  • Speaker name: Eric Ashcroft
  • Organizational Affiliation:  Blue Raster
  • Presentation Title:  Data flow challenges and approaches

Guided  Discussion by the Team in Chile | 9:00 AM

Discussion on the use of open repositories and data management, as well as data visualization and decision support tools by the team in Chile

Open Mic  Discussion  | 9:15 AM

Open mic comments from attendees or general conversation regarding Vida

Conclusion | 9:25 AM

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

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