The GSU chapter of the ACM presents

Contextualizing Computer Science Through Opportunities and Challenges in Epidemiology and Population Health

Dr. Armin R. Mikler
Professor and Chair
Department of Computer Science
Georgia State University

Bioinformatics, Health Informatics, and Computational Biology are examples of scientific disciplines that have emerged during the last two decades. These disciplines are inherently multi-disciplinary and involve the participation of computational scientists. However, the area of Public Health has been lagging on applying computational methodologies to address problems that are stemming from the mandate to improve population health. This presentation will contextualize Computer Science’s role through problems and challenges rooted in the field of Public Health. This presentation aims to encourage Public Health researchers and practitioners to embrace computational science as an integral tool to develop solutions and alert computer scientists of the need to seek opportunities to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries. This talk shall highlight collaborative opportunities by exemplifying some public health challenges that lend themselves to applying computational methods and therefore represent opportunities to a multi-disciplinary approach. Specifically, this presentation will focus on the data-centric nature of challenges in Public Health and highlight the importance of interpreting data in the correct context.

About the Speaker: Armin R. Mikler is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Iowa State University in 1995. As a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas from 1997–2020, Dr. Mikler directed the Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis (CeCERA). His research interests include Computational Epidemiology and Disaster Informatics with focus on data-driven response plan design and plan optimization. Dr. Mikler’s research on response plan design and analysis is supported by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has supervised over 40 Ph.D. and M.S. theses and has published over 100 research articles related to a range of topics, including distributed systems, networking, computational epidemiology, and response plan design and analysis.

Win a valuable door prize!
An Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display will be given away.

Friday, March 12, 2021
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

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