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Episode #2

COVID-19: Using mobile phones & AI for contact tracing while respecting privacy

3 April 2020

14:00 – 15:30 CEST | 08:00 – 9:30 ET | 05:00 – 06:30 PT | 20:00 – 21:30 CST | 21:00 – 22:30 JST/KST | 15:00-16:30 MSK | 17:30-19:00 IST | 19:00-20:30 WIB

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.

Key Topics:
  • Mobile phone contact tracing
  • Data collection &
    privacy-preserving techniques
  • AI powered big data analytics
  • Israel and USA use cases on addressing COVID-19

Associate Professor NJIT, Co-founder and CTO
Duality Technologies

Duality Technologies is a technology start-up enabling privacy-preserving analytics and collaboration on sensitive data. Kurt is the co-founder of the open source PALISADE homomorphic encryption software library. 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.

FG-AI4H Chair, Professor, and Executive Director; AI for Humanizing Health Solution Track Co-Chair
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. He heads research teams working on : Video processing and coding, Multimedia transmission, Machine learning, Mobile Communications (management) and Computer Vision (management).

Previous Episodes

Episode #1

COVID-19 Case Study: The use of ICT & AI to flatten the curve in the Republic of Korea

27 March 2020

The Republic of Korea has been successful so far in containing the coronavirus without shutting down the economy. The lessons learnt are (1) Intervene fast; (2) test, test, test; (3) do contact tracing, isolation and surveillance; (4) get the public’s help. How do Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) help in these endeavours?

Key Topics:
  • Sharing Korea’s Experience on COVID-19 Quarantine
  • COVID-19 and Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) measures
  • Testing and contact tracing
Director, Division of Risk Assessment & International Cooperation
Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC)

Dr. Lee is the Director of the Division of Risk Assessment and International Cooperation at Korean Centers for Disease Control & Prevention under the Ministry of Health & Welfare. She has previously served as the Director of the Jeju Natonal Quarantine Station and the Deputy Director of the Division of Plan & Coordination for the KCDC as well as the Deputy Director of the Divisions of Strategy & Coordination under Health Promotion, Healthcare Technology Development, and Trade Affairs for the Ministry of Health & Welfare.

Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. and M.P.H in Public Health (Health Law & Bioethics), Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea and her B.Sc. in Microbiology & Immunology at McGill University, Canada .

Professor, Department of Interaction Science
Sungkyunkwan University

Prof. Chung has been a faculty member of the College of Computing at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Korea since 1995. There, he is now the Dean of College of Software and directs Information Management Technology Laboratory. His research interests focus on Information Security, Security & Information Management, Digital Therapeutics, and Services in Next Generation Network environments. His research started as a staff scientist of network technology department at Bolt Beranek & Newman Labs., USA.

He has been the chairman of advisory committee for national cyber safety of National Police Agency, a board member of National Information Agency, the President of Chief Privacy Officers’ Forum, an advisory committee member of Korea e-Government, a member of Information Strategy Planning Committee of Korea, and a news commentator of KBS. He also served as a vice chair of Working Party on Security and Privacy in Digital Economy (formerly Information Security & Privacy), OECD for 10 years, the president of Korea Information Processing Society, a member of Presidential Advisory Committee on e-government of Korea, and an expert member of Presidential Advisory Committee on Science & Technology of Korea.