SKM 2023 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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DY: Fachverband Dynamik und Statistische Physik

DY 15: Physics of Contagion Processes I (joint session SOE/DY)

DY 15.1: Hauptvortrag

Dienstag, 28. März 2023, 09:30–10:00, ZEU 260

Digital Pandemiology -- Is that physics? — •Dirk Brockmann — Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Three years of COVID-19 lie behind us. Experts from various fields worked constantly on understanding, mitigating and making sense of the pandemic. Novel digital tools became an essential part and complemented traditional, epidemiological methods. I will report on research activities and digital projects we launched during the past years that delivered important insights and were helpful as real-time assessment tools during the pandemic. These include the Covid-19-mobility monitor and the Corona Data Donation Project in which more than 500,000 participants donated daily data collected by their smartwatch or wearable device. I will summarize the results we obtained from these technologies and discuss why physics, as a mindset, is helpful for understanding phenomena that unfold across the borders of traditional scientific disciplines.

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