Results for: Global Synthetic Information Systems

January 31, 2017

Virginia Tech Effort to Combat Dangerous Tomato Pest Featured in Global Food Security Initiative

Biocomplexity Institute researchers have partnered with the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab to contain the spread of a major threat to global tomato crops: an insect known as Tuta absoluta. Using computational modeling to guide on-the-ground containment measures, this innovative effort was recently featured by the federal Feed the Future initiative.

October 18, 2016

Researchers Present Invasive Species Modeling Project at the International Congress of Entomology

The Virginia Tech-led Feed the Future Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab led a symposium at the Congress of Entomology on the global spread of the South American tomato leafminer, showcasing number of innovative containment measures.

May 17, 2016

Virginia Tech Awards More Than $11 Million to Help Feed People in Developing Countries

The Biocomplexity Institute's initiative to computationally model the spread of invasive species is among eight projects that will help farmers in seven countries.

March 11, 2016

Award-winning App Reveals Where Resources are Most Needed in Weather Emergencies

When extreme weather strikes, isolated populations often find themselves vulnerable in the face of environmental hazards and limited access to disaster relief resources. But PIE Viz, a new tool developed by the Population Health Sciences Department and theBiocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, could help disaster planners address these risks before they happen. 

January 19, 2016

Problem-Driven Science

Our information biology approach is putting research to work in the real world, breaking down barriers between science and policy.

October 18, 2014

Eubank and Marathe Weigh in on WSJ’s ‘Success in Modeling Ebola Depends on Data’

When statisticians want to study the spread of an infectious disease such as Ebola, they unleash a virtual epidemic and watch what happens. Then they do it again and again, testing different interventions that could stop the disease.

January 23, 2014

Synthetic Population Study Offers New Strategy for Controlling Epidemics in Big Cities

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 23, 2014 – Researchers in the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute are the first to model in detail how transient populations impact the spread of an illness, and how outbreaks such as influenza can be curbed by encouraging healthy behaviors in high-traffic tourist destinations.

March 10, 2008

Scientists Simulate Pandemic Influenza Outbreak in Chicago

Blacksburg, Va. - By using computer simulations and modeling, an international group of researchers including scientists from the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech's Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL) have determined how a pandemic influenza outbreak might travel through a city similar in size to Chicago, Ill. This information helped them to determine the preferred intervention strategy to contain a potential flu pandemic, including what people should do to decrease the likelihood of disease transmission.