COVID-19: Using Mobile Phones & AI for Contact Tracing While Respecting Privacy

Contact tracing is a key public health response in combating infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19. Mobile technologies provide various ways in which contact tracing may be performed, including the use of GPS, Bluetooth, cellphone masts and AI powered big data analytics to collect data that helps decision-makers understand and manage the spread of COVID-19 within their communities.

Preserving personal privacy while using mobile technology to address COVID-19 is critical towards maintaining public trust and protecting vulnerable individuals in our current state of crisis. This episode features key experts discussing how privacy-preserving techniques such as homomorphic encryption and solutions for mobile phone contact tracing can be deployed, including use cases from Israel and USA.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    FG-AI4H Chair, Professor, and Executive Director
    Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute
    Thomas Wiegand is a German electrical engineer who substantially contributed to the creation of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and H.265/MPEG-H HEVC video coding standards. For H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Wiegand was one of the chairmen of the Joint Video Team (JVT) standardization committee that created the standard and was the chief editor of the standard itself. He was also an active technical contributor to both standards. Wiegand also holds a chairmanship position in the ITU-T VCEG and previously in ISO/IEC MPEG standardization organizations. In July 2006, the video coding work of the ITU-T jointly led by Gary J. Sullivan and Wiegand for the preceding six years was voted as the most influential area of the standardization work of the CCITT and ITU-T in their 50-year history. Wiegand is Professor at the Technical University of Berlin and executive director of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin, Germany. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) is ranked among Top 20 Artificial Intelligence Research Labs in the world. He heads research teams working on : Video processing and coding, Multimedia transmission, Machine learning, Mobile Communications (management) and Computer Vision (management).
    Associate Professor NJIT, Co-founder and CTO
    Duality Technologies
    Kurt Rohloff is the co-founder and CTO of Duality Technologies, a technology start-up enabling privacy-preserving analytics and collaboration on sensitive data. He leads the development of PALISADE, an open source homomorphic encryption software library that encrypts data so that they can be safely used for predictive analytics while preserving private information. Prior to co-founding Duality he was a professor of computer science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan. He is the recipient of a DARPA Director’s Fellowship.
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03 Apr 2020


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18:00 - 19:30



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