I am taking part in the COVID-19 collaboration at the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) at MIT. Many of us have put parts of our day-to-day research aside to get together and address pressing questions on the ongoing pandemic through a data-driven, systematic approach.
Personally, I am right now working on questions concerning the quality of available data, systematic biases and sensitivity of models. These questions are important for any analysis of the situation or prediction on how it will evolve.
This effort is fast-paced, interdisciplinary, collaborative, and with close connections to stakeholders. For me, this is therefore not only an opportunity to contribute (in a small way) to society, but also a great learning experience.
Read more about the initiative and our findings here.