Title: The use of social media and online data for early detection of infectious diseases


Abstract: Modeling infectious diseases is usually aimed at understanding disease spread mechanisms, predicting future outbreaks and their impact, and evaluating control measures. Among infectious diseases, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is of importance and has been the center of global attention in the past few years. In our study, we evaluated the use of social media outlets as a tool for early warning signals of COVID-19 outbreaks. We also used these online data sources to better understand the publics' opinion about COVID-19 control measures, including vaccines, and their perspective on public health agencies and leaders. We also examined the sources of misinformation and strategies to detect and control them online.

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.