Using Spatial Computing to Fight the Pandemic


One of the methods used to fight the COVID-19 pandemic is tracking individuals who come in contact with someone who has the disease. MSI PI Shashi Shekhar (professor, Computer Science and Engineering) thinks we can use GPS data from cell phones to perform this tracking and to evaluate how effective responses to the disease have been. This technology would be faster and more efficient than the current manual method of contact tracing. An article about this research appears on the computer science and engineering department website: Computing COVID-19.

Professor Shekhar uses MSI for a number of projects related to spatial computing and deep learning.