CMSS Researchers Awarded in CHIKV Challenge Competition

Date: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A team of CMSS researchers with expertise in forecasting methodologies were recently awarded a $10,000 prize in the “Best Data Sources Methodology” category from the CHIKV Challenge competition.  Of the over 30,000 competitors from universities, research institutes, commercial companies and government organizations, the CMSS team is among the top 12 teams who received accolades.  The competition was hosted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in an effort to improve methodologies in forecasting the spread of infectious disease.

The team developed a methodology that combines statistical and data-driven empirical epidemiological modeling approaches to predict the cumulative numbers of Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported, suspected, confirmed and imported CHIKV (Chikungunya virus) cases by PAHO country and by weeks.

The multidisciplinary team was led by CMSS Research Professor Len Pietrafesa, also consisting of CMSS Research Scientist Tingzhuang Yan, CMSS Assistant Professor Shaowu Bao and CMSS Director Paul Gayes.

Visit the following link for the DARPA press release, http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2015/05/26.aspx.