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Can data science be used for Vaccine Distribution?

Vaccination process against COVID-19 has kickstarted across the world, and the very important question about vaccine distribution is faced by all governments. In India, the vaccination process will begin on January 16, 2021 and it is no mean feat to administer both the doses of the vaccine to a population of 1.3 billion people. Data science comes to rescue at every step.

Contact tracing to contain the disease

As new strains of the virus emerge, Contact Tracing will continue to be helpful just as in the past. During the initial stages of the spread of Covid-19, at Infinite Analytics we did a comprehensive contact tracing in association with 30 state authorities and traced people across hotspots in 23 states in India. Through our meta mobility data analysis, we stopped the virus in its tracks by alerting the authorities that even though containment zones were created, people were still visiting the other zones for daily work like buying milk or using a toilet as all zones did not have the said facilities. The state authorities stepped up their efforts, with the help of our chase-the-virus strategy checked the Covid spread in Asia’s densest slum.

Covid Vulnerability Index

Data can be used in conducting seroprevalence (pathogen levels in the population’s blood serum) studies in a large number of people within a small time frame. The data thus obtained can be used to target vaccine distribution in those communities which have not yet developed immunity.

But the main criteria of vaccine distribution still remain occupation, age, co-morbidities, and income. Frontline workers, aged, immuno-compromised etc. remain the top priority.

Vaccine distribution: How to reach identified targets

There are several criteria attached to vaccine distribution such as allocation of storage facilities as the vaccine needs to be stored at low-temperatures to maintain its efficacy. eVIN or electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network is currently given the task of vaccine management. This doesn’t come without challenges. AI comes in handy and can help in optimising delivery and IoT can alert the authorities upon detecting any fluctuation in storage temperatures of the vaccine. AI can also keep track of those vaccinated per area as studies suggest 80% of the population needs to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity.

Data Analytics can be used in creation of the Covid Vulnerability Index that can be used anywhere in the world over a period of time.

Check here for our blog on the top AI trends in AI in 2021.

Video editing and film-making

If you have ever been in the business of video editing, especially when a famous celebrity was involved, and no matter how much you try to salvage the video, you cannot; deepfakes will help with that clip and your video will be made uninterrupted. Earlier, movie directors would spend millions on creating the perfect location for their movies. This is now achievable with a far lesser sum using deepfake and AI. Deepfakes can be real game-changers in film-making. Imagine new movies starring Charlie Chaplin opening to full houses. This, ofcourse, after all the copyright issues are taken into consideration..

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wasim basir

marketing, board member

It’s most obvious in the digital media space, from click buys to personalized web experiences. For marketing, the AI journey has just kick-started, while in the tech sector it has been applied for a while now. We are still at an early stage where inroads are being made into AI content via chatbots and even some explanatory content creation but what will make anyone jump up and embrace it is when we will start seeing a lot of mainstream content being created by AI.

rich arnold

board member

Prior to joining Infinite Analytics, Richard served as the CFO of CrowdFlower, COO and CFO of Phoenix Technologies, as a member of the board of directors and chairman of the Audit Committee at Intellisync, and previously as CFO and executive vice president strategy and corporate development at Charles Schwab.

pravin gandhi

board member

Pravin Gandhi has over 50 years of entrepreneurial operational and investing experience in the IT industry in India. He was a founding partner of the first early stage fund India - INFINITY. Subsequently a founding partner in Seedfund I & II. With over 18 years of investing experience, he is extensively well networked in investment and entrepreneurial scene and is an active early stage angel investor in tech & impact space. Pravin holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, and serves on the board of several private corporations in India. He is on the board of SINE, IIT Mumbai Incubator.

Purushotham Botla

co-founder & cto

Puru has his Masters in Engineering and Management from MIT. Prior to MIT, he worked with Fidelity Investments building electronic trading products and high volume market data processing applications. He has completed his BE from VJTI, Mumbai.

deb-roy

Deb Roy

Executive Director, MIT Media Lab

Deb Roy is Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT where he directs the MIT Center for Constructive Communication, and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. He leads research in applied machine learning and human-machine interaction with applications in designing systems for learning and constructive dialogue, and for mapping and analyzing large scale media ecosystems. Deb is also co-founder and Chair of Cortico, a nonprofit social technology company that develops and operates the Local Voices Network to surface underheard voices and bridge divides.

Roy served as Executive Director of the MIT Media Lab from 2019-2021. He was co-founder and CEO of Bluefin Labs, a media analytics company that analyzed the interactions between television and social media at scale. Bluefin was acquired by Twitter in 2013, Twitter’s largest acquisition of the time. From 2013-2017 Roy served as Twitter’s Chief Media Scientist.

Erik Brynjolfsson

Board Member

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI), and Director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab. He also is the Ralph Landau Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Professor by Courtesy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Department of Economics, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Akash Bhatia

Co-Founder and CEO

Akash co-founded IA while studying for his MBA from MIT. Prior to MIT Sloan, he co-founded Zoonga. Before this, Akash was an engineer with Oracle in Silicon Valley. He has completed his M.S from University of Cincinnati and B.E from the College of Engineering, Pune.