DJ Rao develops award winning forecasting computer model

Dj Rao, Assistant Professor in CSE "If we are able to forecast when, where and what an epidemic is going to be, then we can focus our energies and judiciously plan to mitigate the impact of those epidemics in those parts of the world so that the overall impact of the epidemic is significantly reduced."

Dr. Dhananjai (DJ) Rao, an assistant professor in Computer Science & Software Engineering, has been studying mosquito-borne diseases, particularly chikungunya and the Zika virus.  He is using machine learning and simulation through resources at the Ohio Supercomputer Center to apply the concepts of weather forecasting to epidemiology. He hopes this work will shift the paradigm for disease control from reactive to proactive.