Results for: Simulation Science and Analytics

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April 04, 2018

How Opioid-Related Messaging Goes Viral: Researchers Share Findings From Social Media Study

Pulling data from more than 5,400 opioid-related Twitter posts, scientists at the Biocomplexity Institute searched for common factors among the most highly shared content. They shared their findings with public health professionals from across the commonwealth at the 2018 Virginia Public Health & Healthcare Preparedness Academy in Roanoke.

February 13, 2018

Simulating a Safer Future: Biocomplexity Institute Tools Featured on WIRED

WIRED takes a deep dive into how the Department of Defense is using Biocomplexity Institute simulations: projecting the behavior of survivors in the 36 hours post-disaster to form emergency response strategies they hope will bring the best possible outcomes out of a worst-case scenario.

August 14, 2017

Using Big Data to Stop an Epidemic: Director Chris Barrett Interviewed by Healthcare Informatics

Leaders at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), in Blacksburg, Virginia, have been busy working on an exciting initiative: they have been developing an analytic modeling platform and simulation environment that make it possible to prepare for and prevent the spread of common infectious diseases such flu as well as rare diseases like Ebola and Zika.

July 13, 2017

From Epidemics to Economics: Biocomplexity Institute Agent-based Modeling Research Featured in PNAS

The Biocomplexity Institute's agent-based modeling systems helped fight Ebola in 2014, now they could help tackle other disease outbreaks, economic turbulence, and more.

April 05, 2016

Virginia Tech Research Team Fights the Spread of Invasive Pests

Modeling and simulation methods typically used to predict the spread of infectious disease may help researchers halt the spread of invasive insect species.

May 28, 2015

How Computer Modelers Took On the Ebola Outbreak

Here’s what we know for sure. On the afternoon of Friday, 3 October 2014, Pyrros A. Telionis got a telephone call from the U.S. government’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The voice on the phone was brisk and professional. And highly specific. Could Telionis provide, by 8 o’clock Monday morning, a list of the best places to build Ebola treatment centers in Liberia’s six southernmost counties?

February 25, 2015

High-Performance Computing Aids Fight Against the World’s Largest and Deadliest Ebola Outbreak

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI), a world-class research institute dedicated to the study of information biology, is using DataDirect Networks (DDN) SFA® high-performance storage engine-based GRIDScaler GPFS parallel file system to perform rapid, accurate Ebola outbreak modeling for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

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.