FedScoop: NSF wants to predict and prevent the next pandemic with AI

“The National Science Foundation wants researchers to develop artificial intelligence systems capable of forecasting pandemics like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Dubbed the Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention (PIPP) program, NSF has already funded and held four workshops since February scoping the research that still needs to be done to create the necessary algorithms.”

“PIPP’s goal is to detect disease outbreaks early enough to limit transmission and prevent epidemics and pandemics like the current one from ever occurring.”

“’It is clear that this will not be the last pandemic humanity will face,’ Katharina Dittmar, program director of the Environmental Biology Division at NSF, said during a media briefing Wednesday. ‘We all recognize from the past year, from our experience that our approach to this continued challenge must really evolve away from crisis response during discrete outbreaks toward a sustained and integrated cycle of intelligent prediction, preparation, response and recovery.'”

“Intelligent prediction requires sustained investment, multidisciplinary teams, and cross-agency and international partnerships to continuously collect the necessary data. But it also requires new AI models for identifying the biological and sociological drivers of pathogen emergence, Dittmar said…” Read the full article here.

Source: NSF wants to predict and prevent the next pandemic with AI — By Dave Nyczepir, May 12, 2021. FedScoop.

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