Spatiotemporal Computing for Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wendy Guan

Executive Director, Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) at Harvard University

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 11am-12pm EST
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Recorded session is available through the Goddard Library

The sudden outbreak of COVID-19 in 2019 changed every walk of our lives on the planet. To address the global crisis, the NSF spatiotemporal innovation center spun off a rapid response project with support from NSF, NASA, State Department and many of its other members. This talk will introduce the project and how we utilized the advanced spatiotemporal computing technology to a) collect data on the fly from the Internet, b) collocate the spatiotemporal data using a unified spatiotemporal cubic framework, c) conduct spatiotemporal analytics to answer challenging questions, d) simulate the COVID-19 to address practical problems, and e) share the data, tools, platform, and research results for enabling global research and response to the Pandemic. We will also illustrate how crawler, knowledge bases, cloud computing, GPU computing, AI/ML tools are utilized in the rapid response project.

Spatiotemporal Rapid Response Gateway

Wendy Guan Bio Photo

Wendy Guan is the Executive Director of the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) at Harvard University. She has been managing CGA's operations since its establishment in 2006, and the Harvard STC operation since 2013. Prior to that, she managed professional services at a GIS consulting firm in Washington; headed the geospatial information technology department for a multinational forestry corporation; and supervised GIS teams in a Florida government agency. Wendy has extensive experience in designing and implementing enterprise GIS systems. She taught GIS in various universities, including the Harvard Extension School.

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