Data Science in Epidemiology: A tool that Combat to COVID-19

IEEE BUET Student Branch and IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) BUET Student Branch Chapter, and IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) BUET Student Branch Chapter successfully organized the technical webinar titled “Data Science in Epidemiology: A tool that Combat to COVID-19” in collaboration with IEEE Bangladesh Section, IEEE SIGHT Flash of IEEE Bangladesh Section, and IEEE BDS Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC). 76 participants from 22 institutions of Bangladesh, 32 participants from 26 institutions of India, 2 participants from Malaysia and 1 participant from Kuwait attended the event. 

Date: 31 May 2020

Time: 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM (GMT+6)

Organized By :

  • IEEE BUET Student Branch
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS)
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS)

Venue: Online Platform (Zoom and Facebook Live)

Number of Participants: 111

Percentage of IEEE Members among participants: 49.7%

Percentage of IEEE SPS Members among participants: 8.7%

Percentage of IEEE EMBS Members among participants: 4.3%

Lecture Title: Data Science in Epidemiology: A tool that Combat to COVID-19

Speakers:

  • 1. Dr. Amlan Chakrabarti, IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Lecturer (Region 10), Professor & Director, A K Choudhury School of IT, University of Calcutta, India
  • Dr. Shaikh Anowarul Fattah, PhD (Concordia U, Canada), Postdoc (Princeton U, USA), SMIEEE, FIEB; Professor, Dept. of EEE & Director, INPE, BUET
  • Dr. Celia Shahnaz, Ph.D. SMIEEE, FIEB; Professor, Department of EEE, BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Chair, IEEE Bangladesh Section

The webinar commenced at 3:00 PM as the speakers and participants  had already started to join and greet each other a few minutes prior. During the webinar, Professor Dr. Amlan Chakrabarti, IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Lecturer (Region 10), provided an engaging and informative presentation, helping the participants enrich their knowledge base. The contents of the webinar covered the necessary topics regarding the modeling of epidemics, pandemics and infectious diseases. In regular intervals of the presentation, Professor Dr. Shaikh Anowarul Fattah arranged two quizzes containing several questions set from the content of the discussion, enabling further participant engagement and brainstorming through a unique learning experience. At the end of the talk, Professor Dr. Amlan Chakrabarti addressed several questions received throughout the webinar. Professor Dr. Celia Shahnaz also provided some valuable inputs as well as asking some questions regarding specific data science tools. Together the speakers discussed data science approaches for analyzing such epidemic data, the challenges associated with it, and the science behind various aspects regarding it. 

By the end of the webinar, Professor Dr. Shaikh Anowarul Fattah announced the names of the 5 best performing participants according to the quizzes, appreciating the overall understanding and response of the audience. Feedback form was distributed to all participants as well as announcing their eligibility for receiving e-certificates after the event for their attentiveness throughout the complete session of the webinar.