Challenge on Mobility Intervention for Epidemics

Can you design effective mobility intervention strategies to contain epidemics?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hosting a challenge to design mobility intervention strategies to contain an epidemic. 

In this challenge, participants can choose different mobility intervention actions for each individual on any given day (e.g., confine in a neighborhood, quarantine at home, isolation from everyone else).

Mobility Intervention Strategies

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The microscopic epidemic simulator will run the individual-level epidemic simulation according to the intervention strategy.

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The goal is to minimize the number of people who get infected and also to minimize the number of interventions.

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Can you come up with the most effective mobility intervention strategy?

Come and participate in the challenge!

The winners can win up to $2000 cash prize and present and publish at our KDD’20 workshop!


May 11, 2020: Practice starts

Practice round provides one scenario of 10K-people for 60 days.

JUNE 26, 2020: Official competition starts

Official competition has five different scenarios, each simulates 10K-people for 60 days.

JULY 17, 2020: Official competition ends >

JULY 20, 2020: Winners announced

AUGUST 24, 2020: KDD Workshop

All deadlines expire on 23:59 PST (Pacific Time)

The challenge is co-hosted by Penn State University, Tsinghua University, University of Southern California, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and Virginia Tech, with the technical support from CSPIRE Technologies, and Tianrang Intelligence and media support from Synced and Datawhale.