The GLEAMviz Simulator at the EE² Workshop
The EE² workshop: Epiwork/Epifor 2nd International Workshop – Facing the Challenge of Infectious Diseases took place in Courmayeur (Aosta, Italy) on January 18-20 2012. The event has been a great occasion to present the ongoing developments of the GLEAMviz simulator platform, showing the version currently available, discussing its future evolution, and presenting the scientific results reached within the project.
Alessandro Vespignani gave a talk titled Real time numerical forecast of global epidemic spreading using large-scale computational models: case study of 2009 A/H1N1pdm, illustrating the side by side comparison between the epidemiological surveillance data for the 2009 H1N1 pandemic peak of more than 40 countries in the Northern Hemisphere and the predictions obtained in real-time by GLEAM. The agreement of the model prediction and the surveillance data demonstrate the importance that computational tools such as GLEAM may have in facing the emergence of a pandemic event.
Furthermore, in his talk Alessandro presented the forthcoming 2.9 version of the simulator, including brand new visualization features and a redesigned user interface aimed at maximizing flexibility and usability. The participants of the workshop could also experiment live the new features of the forthcoming GLEAMviz 2.9 release, as Corrado Gioannini was providing a hands-on experience during the poster sessions. The exhibit gathered a lot of interest and many people stopped ad asked about the project.
Stay tuned for the 2.9 release!
The poster session of the workshop featured two posters based on the GLEAMviz project. The first poster, presented by Michele Tizzoni, focused on the study of the impact of travel restrictions in delaying and containing the spreading of an epidemic. The study, published in PLoS ONE, combines a theoretical analysis with a computational modeling work and, by considering the 2009 H1N1 pandemic as an example, shows the scarce effectiveness of such an intervention measures.
A second poster, titled Integrating the GLEAMviz Simulator tool with the Epidemic Marketplace platform, was presented by Corrado Gioannini and Joao Zamite, describing the effort carried out within the EPIWORK project aimed at providing a powerful but seamless integration of the GLEAMviz simulator tool with the Epidemic Marketplace information platform.