Miami Presents: Foresight- The Science Behind the Government’s Efforts to Predict the Future and Protect the People

Presented on: Saturday, February 27th at 10:00 AM EST

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For more than 15 years, Winter College has provided the opportunity to relive the Miami Experience by returning to the classroom for thought-provoking lectures from Miami’s top faculty and experts. This year, we’re bringing the Miami Experience to you virtually.  Join us at this page for the following special presentation:

Getting locked in a White House bathroom and inadvertently causing issues on an Air Force base's military network – sometimes that is what it takes to conduct cutting-edge research to protect the health of hundreds of millions of people. The United States and the world have experienced a series of pandemics from Chikungunya, Zika, Ebola and now COVID-19. Accordingly, the U.S Department of Homeland Security (US-DHS) is pursuing initiatives to predict, forecast and assess policies to rapidly mitigate emergent epidemics. The US-DHS has funded Miami University to design and develop such a software system called Foresight, which enables forecasting of emergent epidemics and assessment of policies to mitigate epidemics. The policy-assessments are then used to inform decision-makers in DHS, FEMA and US-CBP. This webinar provides an inside look into the science, computing power and experiences of developing Foresight along with some inside scoop on some of the interesting and the rather unique experiences from this effort.

You do not need to register for this specific online event, but we encourage you to register for Winter College to get a listing of all lecture web links.  Simply return to this same page to watch the event on Saturday Feb. 27 at 10:00 AM EST.  Please reach out to Michelle Martin Rosecrans with any questions at


Dr. Dhananjai (DJ) Rao
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Software Engineering

Dr. Dhananjai (DJ) Rao is an associate professor in the Computer Science & Software Engineering department of Miami’s College of Engineering and Computing. He teaches operating systems and high performance computing courses in the department and leads the Grand Challenges Scholars Program. His current research areas include parallel and cloud computing with applications to epidemiology, bioinformatics, and social sciences. Dr. Rao received his B.E. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Madra, India and his M.S. and PhD. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

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