Title: Risk mapping for COVID-19 using social media data

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Abstract: Much has been made of the possible application of novel datasets such as social media and search data for combatting infectious diseases, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this talk we evaluate one such dataset – mobility data provided by Facebook’s Data for Good program – for quantifying risk associated with human mobility in Australian cities during 2020. We describe the dataset, how it is created, its limitations, and present a methodology for using this dataset with a simple mathematical model to predict spatial risk. Results show that the dataset and method were effective in estimating outbreak risk for 2 key outbreaks in 2020.

About AI4PAN Artificial Intelligence for Pandemics Seminar Series centred at UQ

Welcome to AI4PAN, the Artificial Intelligence for Pandemics group centered at The University of Queensland (UQ). The group's focus is the application of data science, machine learning, statistical learning, applied mathematics, computation, and other "artificial intelligence" techniques for managing pandemics both at the epidemic and clinical level.