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Vida Decision Support System for COVID-19

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Vida Overview

The Space Enabled research group at the MIT Media Lab is leading a US-based team of innovators from East Carolina University (Prof David Lagomasino), Blue Raster LLC (Eric Ashcroft), and consultant Dr. Mohammad Jalali. The team is actively collaborating with leaders in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia 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, Socio-economic Impacts, Public Sector Decision Making, and Disease Surveillance Technology Design. Vida is based on an integrated Data Visualization and Modeling Framew… View full description

Vida Overview

The Space Enabled research group at the MIT Media Lab is leading a US-based team of innovators from East Carolina University (Prof David Lagomasino), Blue Raster LLC (Eric Ashcroft), and consultant Dr. Mohammad Jalali. The team is actively collaborating with leaders in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia 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, Socio-economic Impacts, Public Sector Decision Making, and Disease Surveillance Technology Design. 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). 

Please view the material below for an overview of Vida, active work underway by the US-based team and our international collaborators, and upcoming publications and presentations related to Vida.

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 On-going Vida Work

Vida Decision Support System International Network - June Meeting

On June 15th,  the sixth meeting of the Vida DSS International Network occurred. The goal of the June meeting was to discuss the  latest versions of the Vida DSS prototypes. Speakers from MIT and Blue Raster presented on their efforts in this area. There was also a discussion period after the presentations to facilitate sharing of insights and lessons learned.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here.  Summary information can be found here.

Vida Decision Support System International Network - April Meeting

On April 27th,  the fifth meeting of the Vida DSS International Network  occurred. The goal of the April meeting was to discuss the topic of environmental analyses related to COVID-19. Speakers from Chile and the United States 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.

The agenda and presentations for the meeting can be found here.  Summary information can be found here.

Vida Decision Support System International Network - March Meeting

On March 16th,  the fourth meeting of the Vida DSS International Network occurred. The goal of the March meeting was to discuss the topic of policies and technology investments related to COVID-19. Speakers from Angola and the United States 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.

The agenda and presentations from the meeting can be found here. Summary Information can be found here.

Vida Decision Support System International Network - February Meeting

On February 23rd,  the third meeting of the Vida DSS International Network took place. The goal of the February meeting was to discuss the topic of socioeconomic analyses related to COVID-19. Speakers from Angola, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States 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.

The agenda and presentations from the meeting can be found here. Summary information can be found here.

Vida Decision Support System International Network - December Meeting

On December 15th, the second meeting of the Vida DSS International Network took place. The goal of the December meeting 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.

The agenda and presentations from the meeting can be found here. Summary information can be found here.

Vida Decision Support System International Network - November Meeting

On November 10th, the first meeting of the Vida Decision Support System International Collaboration Network took place, with collaborators from Angola, Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, and Mexico meeting to discuss the ongoing innovations occurring on the Vida project as well as other related integrated modeling and data analysis with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please view the agenda along with summary slides from each collaborator here.

A summary of the meeting can be found in this document.

Vida Presentations and Publications

Publications

Reid, Jack B., Danielle Wood. "Decision Support Model and Visualization for Assessing Environmental Phenomena, Ecosystem Services, Policy Consequences, and Satellite Design Using Earth Observation Data." AIAA 2020-4181 Session: Model-Based Engineering: Technologies and Methodologies II Published Online: 2 Nov 2020. - Link to Manuscript

Presentations

AIAA's ASCEND 2020:

Decision Support Model and Visualization for Assessing Environmental Phenomena, Ecosystem Services, Policy Consequences, and Satellite Design Using Earth Observation Data

Jack Reid and Danielle Wood

Presentation Type: Technical Presentation
Session Date and Time*: November 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time
Session Title: Model-Based Engineering: Technologies and Methodologies II

See all Space Enabled presentations at AIAA's ASCEND here

American Geophysical Union, Fall 2020 Meeting:

The Vida Decision Support System: an integrated modeling framework to inform and monitor regional COVID-19 responses

Jack Reid

Presentation Type: eLightning Session
Session Date and Time*: Wednesday, 9 December 2020; 05:30 - 06:30 PST
Session Number and Title: SY025: COVID-19: Assessing the Impacts of the Pandemic on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Science Communication of Climate Change eLightning

Designing Decision Support Systems with Interdisciplinary, International Teams: A Case Study of the Environment, Vulnerability, Decision, Technology Model

Seamus Lombardo

Presentation Type: Virtual Poster Session
Session Date and Time: Wednesday, 9 December 2020; 04:00 - 20:59 PST
Session Number and Title: SY023: Science to Action: Transformative Partnerships and Knowledge Coproduction to Advance Decision-Relevant Science III Posters

See all Space Enabled presentations at AGU here.