The global airline transportation network shares many features of a living system. Its complex "anatomy" comprises a network of arteries that connects the world's cities. The flow of travelers along each artery has its own distinct "physiological" pattern. And like a living entity, this system can get "sick" from infectious disease outbreaks, natural disasters, terrorism and other major events. BlueDot seeks to understand the behaviors of this complex living system and leverage knowledge of it to (i) anticipate how infectious diseases are likely to spread around the world and (ii) find effective and efficient solutions to mitigate their impact to health, security and economic activity. To accomplish this, BlueDot harnesses new knowledge at the intersection of scientific disciplines including clinical medicine, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, geographic information systems, cartography, mathematical modeling, network analysis, health policy and computer sciences.
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