A research roadmap for the next pandemic

When we speak of the next pandemic, it's no longer a question of "if" but "when". The NSF research community is uniquely situated to ensure that the multidisciplinary and cutting-edge science completed through the CISE directorate can help society address the challenges of the next pandemic. From online education to social media misinformation to vaccination distribution, CISE scientists are poised to make a tremendous impact through the creation of a pandemic roadmap.

The PREPARE roadmap will serve as a blueprint for researchers, funding agencies, and policy makers on the role of computing in developing breakthrough solutions for pandemic preparedness and resilience.

PREPARE will facilitate communication and collaboration among NSF CISE scientists currently involved in pandemic research, including those supported through the NSF RAPID program. With the guidance of a Steering Committee composed of members from industry, academia, and government agencies, we will encourage the sharing of research results in a way not available without a concerted effort.

PREPARE will: (i) facilitate the collection and sharing of a comprehensive collection of data sets, software tools, and documentation relevant to the pandemic research community; (ii) identify new research gaps and synergies resulting from the cross fertilization of ideas from various subdisciplines of CISE research; (iii) create a research roadmap that identifies multidisciplinary research directions that need to be pursued to prepare ourselves for the and recover from future pandemics.

Over three years, the depth and breadth of multi-disciplinary collaboration enabled by PREPARE will include researchers, educators, and students interested in general topics related to pandemic planning and resilience. Utilizing a variety of dissemination platforms, we will harness the synergies of the NSF CISE community to facilitate scientific and public health advances in the US and around the world. 

People

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Madhav Marathe
University of Virginia
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Anil Vullikanti
University of Virginia
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Simon Levin
Princeton University
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Li Xiong
Emory University

Project Managers

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Erin Raymond
University of Virginia
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Golda Barrow
University of Virginia

Steering Committee

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Roy Anderson
Imperial College London
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Thomas Carton
Louisiana Public Health Institute
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Rita Colwell
University of Maryland
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Stuart Feldman
Schmidt Futures
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Eric Horvitz
Microsoft
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Florence Hudson
Columbia University
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Ninghui Li
Purdue University
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Wilfred Ndifon
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
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Vince Poor
Princeton University
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William H. Press
University of Texas at Austin
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Ramesh Raskar
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Milind Tambe
Harvard University
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Moshe Vardi
Rice University

Contact

For queries about PREPARE, please contact [email protected]