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Why Pandemonium?

COVID-19 continues to affect countries around the world, and while the accelerating distribution of vaccines is much welcomed news, it will be many months before enough people are vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. New COVID-19 variants present a continuing threat. In the meantime, we still need a data-driven, scientifically sound way to quantify the risks of infection and reduce its spread.

In the future, Pandemonium's app and also its framework can be applied to new pandemics and outbreaks.

Key Features

Pandemonium's risk app and framework differ from other risk apps. Pandemonium is: 

Personalized

by incorporating user data so anyone can see their own COVID‑19 risk estimate.

Localized

by incorporating data on the city and county level, allowing for more specific risk estimates.

Inter​connected

to better represent viral transport between communities.

Stochastic

to more accurately model, especially for locations with smaller case counts and populations. 

Extensible

allowing more detailed data and models to be added where available, making Pandemonium useful for future pandemics and outbreak events.

Usable & Controllable

with an easy-to-use interface, making Pandemonium's risk app a powerful, useful tool even for non-epidemiologists.

Easy-to-Use Interface

Our risk app's interface allows users to input to input demographic and personal metrics such as age, sex, location, and vaccination status and dates. It also uses behavioral metrics such as mask usage, location history, quarantine periods and planned travel.

Highlighted Work

Shruthi Ravichandran: Machine Learning Model for Face Mask Detection

One of our sub-projects involves detecting the percentage of people wearing face masks of each type from publicly posted geo-tagged photos to better estimate the face mask usage in each location and at each point in time to be fed into our epidemiological model. Shruthi Ravichandran, one of the very talented Research Science Institute (RSI) students we mentored, developed a machine learning model for us in 2020 as described in her RSI paper. Subsequent work on this sub-project has been focused on mitigating the inherent sampling bias that results from using publicly posted photos.