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Public Health Disease Simulation Framework (STEM) Proposal [message #568213] Mon, 24 April 2006 17:20
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Name: Public Health Disease Simulation Framework (STEM)

Scope: To develop an integrated set of tools and data sets for developing
simulations that model the spatial and temporal spread of infectious disease
(e.g., Avian Influenza, Foot-and-Mouth Disease, etc.) The set will include
the following contents and capabilities:

* The ability to compose disease models from components via eclipse plug-ins

* Geographic data and population figures for UN Administration levels 0, 1,
& 2 (e.g., Country, Province/State, County/Municipality)

* Data definitions for all major cities, airports, road ways, rail-roads
etc. in the world

* Graphical editors for simulations, data sets, etc.

* Library of basic SEIR and SIR disease models

* Support for report generation (e.g., BIRT)

* Meta-data (Dublin core) for all components

* Visualization of the geographic spread of disease.

* Example code for dynamic model components (e.g., weather, bird migration)

* Documentation

* Multilingual support

Component Lead:

Daniel Ford, IBM Research

Stakeholders

- Contributors

IBM Research

Interested Universities

Interested Government Labs

Interested Corporate Research Groups

- Reviewers

Justin Lessler, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

- Customers

IBM

Interested Universities

Interested Government Labs

Interested Corporate Research Groups

Government National centers for disease control

Government departments of agriculture

Disaster planning and response organizations

World health organizations

Corporate Agribusiness

NGO's


- Other committers (other than component lead)

TBD

Deliverables /Projected milestones

The first version of the basic framework described above in the late 2006
timeframe. Likely there would be two language versions (English, Spanish).
The definitions for detailed geographic features such as roadways would
likely be incomplete for some if not many countries.

External dependencies and relationships

* General Eclipse platform

* EMF for code generation

* BIRT for report generation

* GEF for some visualizations

* Open source geographic data sets

Relevant standards and their status (availability and SMM status)

* Dublin Core for component meta-data

* Various geographic/spatial standards

* Standard Geographic naming conventions (e.g., "Getty Thesaurus of
Geographic Names")



Issues

* Ease of use: The potential user base has a wide range of skill levels. The
more advanced users will be comfortable with extending the framework by
developing code in Java and creating eclipse plug-ins. However, the majority
of the users will not have such skills. Much attention will be needed to
address this imbalance. Perhaps various types of "Wizards" can be developed
to make the system more accessible.

* Multilingual support: This does not include just the software, but also
the meta-data for the data sets. There could be quite a bit of meta-data and
keeping it all translated in all supported languages could be a challenge.
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