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Intelligent Systems Division Team Selected to Implement NASA@Work Idea on Data-Driven COVID-19 Response Management
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Intelligent Systems Division Team Selected to Implement NASA@Work Idea on Data-Driven COVID-19 Response Management

Two iconic images from the COVID-19 pandemic: health workers with spot pyrometers (thermometer guns) testing individuals for signs of fever as they board a city bus; and health workers in their cars entering a health facility where they work, being stopped to be tested for SARS-COV-2. These images reveal two important elements of an effective pandemic response: coverage (sampling data quickly to provide estimates of the extent and density of the afflicted); and focus (directing testing resources to those at high risk of being affected and affecting others). To be effective, surveillance (coverage) testing should be quick, cheap, and safe to those administering the test (taking temperatures), whereas focus testing should be highly accurate, usually at the expense of being more expensive and less safe (administering the SARS-COV-2 test provides some risk to the tester).

This project will construct an architecture and data processing pipeline that combines coverage data with focus data that mines the coverage data for useful information. The result will be a system where the two elements of an effective response become tightly connected: coverage obtained cheaply through the data collection will be mined for patterns that suggest where more expensive testing resources should be directed. In addition, by accumulating data over time, predictive models will be able to be constructed from the data that allow pandemic responses by health officials to be more proactive.

BACKGROUND: NASA@WORK is an internal, Agency-wide platform that provides NASA employees an unconventional and inventive way to share knowledge and advance projects. This idea was selected to be implemented out of 100+ ideas submitted to the NASA@WORK Challenge: How can NASA Best Support COVID-19 Response Efforts?

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT)

TEAM: Robert Morris, Nikunj Oza, and Hamed Valizadegan; EXTERNAL PARTNER: Sentinel Healthcare

POINT OF CONTACT: Robert Morris, robert.a.morris@nasa.gov

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