Under the title “Artificial intelligence able of predicting new outbreaks of the pandemic” on April 24, 2021, at a time of maximum audience, researchers belonging to the Romanian implementation team of the H2020 project “Demonstration of intelligent decision support for pandemic crisis prediction and management within and across European borders” (acronym STAMINA)have given an interview to the Radio Romania Actualitati station
The project aims to develop a set of intelligent tools for predicting and managing a pandemic.
The project addresses the factors of responsibility and decision-makers in the management of a pandemic at the level of each state, but also at the European level.
It also addresses to the first responders at national level, taking into account the specific legislation of different European countries and the gaps found in the management of a pandemic.
The IT tools, among them being STAMINA predictive modeling and visualization tools (AIR, PALMS, CHARM, FLEE, FACS, BIMS, GLEAM), Early Warning System (EWS), the Web and Social Media Analytics (WSMA), PPT, CMT (CrisisHub), ENGAGE, made available through the STAMINA project, are completed or in progress, finally being made available free of charge or for a fee.
During the interview, the listeners received detailed information on how the data are collected, their storage, processing and then interpretation, from specialists from IVN such as dr. Corneliu Nicolae Zaharia – project manager, dr. Nicolae Steiner – emergency specialist, dr. Tiberiu Patancius – legal adviser, dr. George Suciu – BEIA Consult International Romania, as well as external collaborators like Professor Bogdan Murgescuand dr. Ioana Simion.
Medical information such as patients’ age, their medical history, their health status, number of cases, distribution by days, date of diagnosis, duration of manifestation, response to treatments, but also the degree of the infectious agent spreading, are data on the basis of which, with the aid of STAMINA tools, are generated models of the viral infection evolution, predictions at country or regional level about infected people, with symptoms, or asymptomatic. Such a model is already functional in Bucharest and is called Gleam.The project will use medical statistics, anonymized data.Project predictions are used to sound the alarm necessary for prior preparations and early intervention if the risk is confirmed. The STAMINA project will deliver several guidance for good practice and procedures for emergency situations, of vital importance to authorities and people intervening in the field, with strict rules and clear steps to
follow, using the software tools created in the project.
The project will deliver several guides of good practices and procedures for emergency situations, of vital importance for the authorities and people intervening in the field, with strict rules and clear steps to follow, using the software tools created in the project. The platform addresses the management chain at the central level, which must have all the information in real time and make informed decisions. The specific information are accessible to all those who participate in the management and activities in case of a major crisis in public health.
In the project, in 10 countries, a pilot will be developed based on a pandemic scenario with an infectious agent, for example, SARS-CoV-2. In the pilot will be involved the members of the project implementation teams and participants from the relevant authorities for pandemic management. There will also be a transnational pilot.
The aim of the project is to exchange experience with partners in Europe and to propose the harmonization of legislation in the field of health crisis management.