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Developing the Framework for an Epidemic Forecast Infrastructure

Developing the Framework for an Epidemic Forecast Infrastructure

Objective

In recent years a huge flow of quantitative social, demographic and behavioural data is becoming available spurring the quest for innovative technologies that can improve the traditional disease-surveillance systems, providing faster and better localized detection capabilities and resulting in a broad practical impact. Improved ICT techniques and methodologies support the inter-linkage and integration of datasets causing a qualitative change in the ways we can model epidemic processes. Visualization and analysis tools able to cope with multiple levels of representation are being developed along with computer simulations that provide experiments not feasible in the real world. For the first time, ICT and computation enable the study of epidemic in a comprehensive fashion that addresses the complexity inherent to the biological, social and behavioural aspects of health related problems. The EPIWORK project proposes a multidisciplinary research effort aimed at developing the approriate framework of tools and knowledge needed for the design of epidemic forecast infrastructures. The research considers most of the much needed development of modeling, computational and ICT tools such as i) the foundation and development of the mathematical and computational methods needed to achieve prediction and predictability of disease spreading in complex social systems; ii) the development of large scale, data driven computational models endowed with a high level of realism and aimed at epidemic scenario forecast; iii) the design and implemention of original data-collection schemes motivated by identified modelling needs, such as the collection of real-time disease incidence, through innovative web and ICT applications. v) the set up of a computational platform for epidemic research and data sharing that will generate important synergies between research communities and countries.

Coordinator Contact

Alessandro Vespignani (Prof.)

Coordinator

ISTITUTO PER L'INTERSCAMBIO SCIENTIFICO

Address

Via Chisola 5
10126 Torino

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 817 971

Administrative Contact

Roberto Palermo (Dr.)

Participants (11)

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KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 261 499

BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 282 999

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 400 000

FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 272 700

CREATE-NET (CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND TELECOMMUNICATION EXPERIMENTATION FOR NETWORKED COMMUNITIES)

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 266 480

Acquisto Inter BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 576 050

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA FP

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 498 600

FUNDACAO CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 491 600

SMITTSKYDDSINSTITUTET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 399 976

LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE ROYAL CHARTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 382 125

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 231807

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2009

  • End date

    31 July 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 310 612

  • EU contribution

    € 4 850 000

Coordinated by:

ISTITUTO PER L'INTERSCAMBIO SCIENTIFICO

Italy