“We are at a critical point in the global response to COVID-19 – we need everyone to get involved in this massive effort to keep the world safe.” – WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen an outpouring of interest on the part of data scientists and AI practitioners wanting to make a contribution. At the same time, some of the resulting efforts have been criticized for promoting the spread of misinformation or being disconnected from the applicable domain knowledge.
In this discussion, we explore how data scientists and ML/AI practitioners can responsibly contribute to the fight against coronavirus and COVID-19. Four experts: Rex Douglass, Rob Munro, Lea Shanley, and Gigi Yuen-Reed shared a ton of valuable insight on the best ways to get involved.
In case you missed it, check out the replay above! We’ve also gathered all the resources that our panelists discussed during the conversation, you can find those below. Keep an eye out for the next panel, which we’ve tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 13th. To stay up to date you can subscribe to our Youtube page or follow us on Twitter for updates.
Big shout out to IBM for their support in helping to make this panel possible! IBM continues to support major initiatives — applying data, knowledge, computing power and insights, to solve the challenging problems presented by the coronavirus. Some of these initiatives include their work with the High-Performance Computing Consortium, providing detailed virus tracking information on the Weather Channel, and offering free access to Watson Assistant for COVID-19 related applications. Click here to find out more about IBM’s response.
Connect with our Panelists!
- Rex Douglass
- Computational Social Scientist and Director of the Machine Learning for Social Science Lab, MSSL, at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at the University of San Diego.
- Rob Munro
- Lea Shanley
- Senior Fellow at the Nelson Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Co-founder of CitizenScience.gov
- Gigi Yuen-Reed
- Engineer and executive responsible for data science innovations in the healthcare space at IBM.
- Douglass, Rex. 2020 How to be Curious Instead of Contrarian About COVID-19: Eight Data Science Lessons from ‘Coronavirus Perspective.
- Munro, Robert. 2020. 5 Ways Data Scientists Can Help Respond to COVID-19 and 5 Actions to Avoid
- Munro, Robert. 2019. Should You Open-Source Your Model? Ethical questions for open-sourcing Machine Learning models.
*Note: Rex’s piece was a response to this Richard Epstein post at Hoover
Additional Information & Resources
- AI4All ‘s Response
- Folding@Home COVID and What We’re Doing and How you can Help in Simple Terms
- COVID Tracking Project
- Nicholas Reich’s Lab at UMass Amherst: collecting the predictions and forecasts from different groups
- TraceTogether: Community-driven contact tracing
- NewsGuard: Misinformation tracker around COVID
- Coronavirus Binder Design – Game developed by Foldit to get serious gamers figuring out how a protein related to Coronavirus works and figuring out how they might disrupt that protein. Also ecular design
Trust and Transparency Resources
- The Next Web – We need to build AI systems we can trust
- Harvard Business Review – The AI Transparency Paradox
- IBM Research: Trusting AI
- The GovLab has compiled a starter list of 12 topic areas related to COVID-19 where data and analysis is needed.
- Academic Data Science Alliance: working with partners to pull together data and data science resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, focused on research and research data resources. The Alliance invites data scientists and researchers to contribute to this resource bank.
- White House Calls to Action:
- U.S. Digital Response Call to Action: Launched at the end of March by former US Deputy CTOs, the U.S. Digital Response (USDR) is a volunteer-run, non-partisan service offering free access to skilled technical expertise for local governments who need support. More than 4,500 qualified professionals, experienced in user research and design, back-end engineering (including mainframe engineering skills), product management, and data science have offered to volunteer thus far.
- National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Professionals (NAPSG) Call to Action: NAPSIG is requesting the geospatial and data science community to participate in a nationwide effort to build an inventory of existing data feeds for health/medical capability reporting in support of COVID-19 – and for increasing public health data preparedness into the future.
- Devpost Global Hackathon:an opportunity for developers to build software solutions that drive social impact, with the aim of tackling some of the challenges related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Nearly 19,000 participants have registered.
- COVID-19 Geospatial & Situational Awareness Resources
- Africa Takes on COVID-19
- COVID-19 Open Innovation Efforts
- CitizenScience.org Resources Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic