Meet the Pioneers of "Digital Epidemiology": New Robert Koch Colloquium Starts This May
This summer, the Robert Koch Institute launches its inaugural “Robert Koch Colloquium”, a from now on annual event by RKI discussing innovative scientific issues. The topic of the first colloquium is “Digital Epidemiology”, an emergent, trans-disciplinary and rapidly growing research field which integrates methods of bioinformatics, modern network theory, machine learning, Big Data analytics and high performance computing in the context of public health and which expands traditional approaches. These new techniques rely – amongst other things – on stringent research data management in order to provide data and make them usable for the future.
The colloquium will host a set of six internationally recognized speakers from the U.S., Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Germany who have made major contributions to the field of digital epidemiology. The first lecture – “Epidemic Modelling does more than forecast” - will be held by one of the pioneers of this new research field, Prof. Alessandro Vespignani from the Northeastern University in Boston, on May 3rd, 2017. The lecture series takes place at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin-Wedding; the lectures will be held in English.
RKI will stream all lectures live on periscope - just follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/rki_de) or directly on periscope (https://www.pscp.tv). Each lecture will be available for seven days afterwards.
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