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UCLA DataFest Winners Announced, Presentations Posted

For the annual UCLA DataFest, student worked hard with data pertaining to the monumental challenge we are all facing: COVID-19. This year’s virtual version of ASA DataFest at UCLA brought forth unforeseen challenges and wonderful opportunities. This beloved tradition is generally a competition wherein groups of three to five students have just 48 hours to make sense of a huge data set and present their findings in five minutes, using just two slides.

Prioritize, Don’t Ration: AI Will Lead Healthcare through the Post-COVID Bottleneck

In this contributed article, Ohad Arazi, Chief Executive Officer of Zebra Medical Vision, explains that while AI can’t yet fight the coronavirus directly, it can play a central role in creating the efficiency needed for healthcare professionals to get to as many cases possible, especially post-COVID-19.

How Data Collection During the Country’s Reopening Can Accelerate Return to Normalcy

In this contributed article, Sheldon H. Jacobson, PhD,, Founder Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is an advocate for advanced-analytics-based modeling to monitor the spread of COVID-19. Every state reopening represents an opportunity to collect data and identify best practices that can benefit other states.

Big Data/COVID-19 News – 6/1/2020

The big data ecosystem has come out strong to help combat the global coronavirus pandemic by announcing new products and services to help fight COVID-19. In this article, I’ve listed a number of the recent announcements along these lines. Kudos to all the vendors listed below, you may just make an important difference in getting the world past these trying times!

Big Data/COVID-19 News – 5/16/2020

The big data ecosystem has come out strong to help combat the global coronavirus pandemic by announcing new products and services to help fight COVID-19. In this article, I’ve listed a number of the recent announcements along these lines. Kudos to all the vendors listed below, you may just make an important difference in getting the world past these trying times!

Big Data/COVID-19 News – 4/26/2020

The big data ecosystem has come out strong to help combat the global coronavirus pandemic by announcing new products and services to help fight COVID-19. In this article, I’ve listed a number of the recent announcements along these lines. Kudos to all the vendors listed below, you may just make an important difference in getting the world past these trying times!

Thinking about Privacy in the Fight Against COVID-19

In this contributed article, Guy Cohen, Head of Policy at Privitar, unpacks the process of location data and how it’s being used to combat coronavirus but falling short in privacy considerations, and calls for action from data privacy and IT leaders to ensure the steps we take in analyzing location data are necessary, well governed and time limited through transparency and choice, data minimalization, purpose limitation and anonymization.

Widespread Product Availability for COVID-19 Research

The big data ecosystem has come out strong to help combat the global coronavirus pandemic by opening up their products and services to organizations that plan to carry out COVID-19 research. In this article, I’ve listed a number of the recent announcements along these lines. Kudos to all the vendors listed below, you may just make an important difference in getting the world past these trying times!

Columbia University DSI Alumni Use Machine Learning to Discover Coronavirus Treatments

Two graduates of the Data Science Institute (DSI) at Columbia University are using computational design to quickly discover treatments for the coronavirus. Andrew Satz and Brett Averso are chief executive officer and chief technology officer, respectively, of EVQLV, a startup creating algorithms capable of computationally generating, screening, and optimizing hundreds of millions of therapeutic antibodies. They apply their technology to discover treatments most likely to help those infected by the virus responsible for COVID-19.

Supercomputers vs Superviruses: Why Tech is Our Best Hope in the Coronavirus Pandemic

In this contributed article, Golnar Pooya, a partner with IBM Digital Strategy practice, and an advisor at 7 Gate Ventures, suggests that in light of the global pandemic, AI gives us an incredible chance to protect life and we must arm it with the information it needs to do so. This outbreak only confirms the position of technology as mankind’s most important tool in protecting global health.