The coronavirus pandemic has spurred interest in big data to track the spread of the virus and to plan disease prevention efforts. Data sources like the mobile networks’ call data records, location update logs, social media updates will be of great use in these times. Mobile-phone data already showed effectiveness during the 2014–2016 Western African Ebola crisis.
Ideas we are looking for:
- Tracking people’s mobility patterns to find allocate and predict the spreading points of the virus.
- Tracking COVID-19 positive patients and quarantined people’s movements, associations and activities.
- Gathering aggregated insights into people’s behaviours.
- Anonymizing the data that is used to track movements to prevent breaching data privacy rights of the subjects.