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Vida Decision Support System for COVID-19

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The Space Enabled research group at the MIT Media Lab is leading a US-based team of innovators from Harvard, East Carolina University and Blue Raster LLC. The team seeks to collaborate with leaders in Latin America, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia to design 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 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 … View full description

The Space Enabled research group at the MIT Media Lab is leading a US-based team of innovators from Harvard, East Carolina University and Blue Raster LLC. The team seeks to collaborate with leaders in Latin America, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia to design 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 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 (see Reid, Jack, Cynthia Zeng, and Danielle Wood. "Combining Social, Environmental and Design Models to Support the Sustainable Development Goals." In 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference, pp. 1-13. IEEE, 2019). Watch this video to see an example of how Vida will work.

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