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Science of Pandemic Tech: Strategies for COVID-19 Presence Tracing
Contact tracing in many countries initially focused on those in close proximity to someone infectious for COVID-19, and Bluetooth-based protocols for automated exposure notification followed suit. But because COVID-19 is also spread via aerosols, contacts at the other side of a room are also at substantial risk of infection, especially in poorly ventilated venues and with more infectious strains. QR code scans or Bluetooth beacons can be used to match those who were present at the same venue at the same time as an infectious person.

This panel will explore different designs for presence tracing protocols, and the rationales behind them.

Sep 28, 2021 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Justus Benzler
Medical Epidemiologist @Robert Koch Institute, Germany
Justus is a medical epidemiologist at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin/Germany. After several years of clinical practice in obstetrics and surgery in Germany and then as district medical officer in Burkina Faso, he specialized in medical informatics. His work within Infectious Disease Surveillance at RKI since 2002 was intermitted by multi-year assignments with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and with WHO, where he focused on dengue and yellow fever prevention and control, respectively. In spring 2020, Justus participated in the Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing initiative, before Germany adopted the Google-Apple ENF. Since then he has worked on the development and improvement of Corona-Warn-App, the German national proximity tracing tool, from the epidemiological and data science perspective.
Merrin MacLeod
Digital Product Lead @Ministry of Health, New Zealand
Vincent Roca
Researcher @INRIA, France
After a Ph.D. from Grenoble INP in 1996, Vincent Roca joined the University Paris 6 as Associate Professor in 1997, and Inria as a researcher in 2000. Active IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) participant, member of PRIVATICS since 2012, he is now leading this Inria research team specialized in privacy and personal data protection. He focuses in particular on the privacy risks associated with the use of smartphones and Internet of Things devices, and on consent management on the web. He is also co-author with PRIVATICS colleagues of the ROBERT Covid exposure notification protocol and the CLEA cluster exposure notification protocol, the two digital tracing protocols of the French TousAntiCovid national app. More information: https://privatics.inrialpes.fr/people/roca/
James Petrie
Ph.D. Student/Head of Research @WeHealth
James Petrie designed the decentralized Bluetooth protocol initially used by Covid Watch (which he co-founded), and contributed to the design of the TCN protocol for decentralized exposure notification. James is currently an Applied Math Ph.D. student at the University of Waterloo, and Head of Research at WeHealth.
Carmela Troncoso
Assistant Professor @EPFL, Switzerland
Carmela Troncoso is an assistant professor at EPFL (Switzerland) where she heads the SPRING Lab. Her research focuses on security and privacy. Carmela holds a Master's degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Vigo (2006) and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the KU Leuven in 2011. Her thesis, Design and Analysis Methods for Privacy Technologies, received the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics Security and Trust Management Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, and her work on Privacy Engineering received the CNIL-INRIA Privacy Protection Award in 2017. She has been named 40 under 40 in technology by Fortune in 2020.