Cal Ribbens, professor and head of the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named interim executive director of the university’s Biocomplexity Institute.
Agent-based modeling can create a digital population that allows researchers to better understand the behavior of populations and how an epidemic grows. The Biocomplexity Institute's agent-based modeling has been used for a multitude of studies and Nature is looking at agent-based modeling as a potential way to stop the growing opioid use among Americans.
The newly funded program will leverage Virginia Tech's Data Analytics Center and the Biocomplexity Institute to bring together computer scientists, engineers, and statisticians to meet the research and talent needs of a data-intensive world. As the lead organization of this initiative, Virginia Tech will issue a report to the General Assembly by December 1 to outline next steps for the program.