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Big Data and Google Flu

15th December, 2014

Google Flu has caused people to debate the topic of big data in epidemiology and the usefulness of large dataset analysis. Discussions at this workshop will range from the medical motivation for surveillance, to whether the statistical models fitted to such data should be derived from a mechanistic stochastic model of transmission or be more generic.

This general workshop is followed by a more technical workshop on Mathematical Challenges for Long Epidemic Time Series.


  • Christian Stefansen (Google Flu)
  • Real-time syndromic surveillance team (Public Health England)
  • Lydia Drumright (University of Cambridge)
  • Thomas House (University of Warwick)


12:15--13:00 Lunch
13:00--13:45 Google Flu Team
13:45--14:15 Thomas House (University of Warwick)
14:15--14:30 Break
14:30--15:15 Real-time syndromic surveillance team (Public Health England)
15:15--16:00 Lydia Drumright (University of Cambridge)

The talks will be held in MS.01, Zeeman Building.


Registration is free, but compulsory. Please register here.