van der Schaar Lab

Zhaozhi Qian receives CSAR Ph.D. student award

The van der Schaar Lab is delighted to announce that Zhaozhi Qian has received the 2021 CSAR Ph.D. student award administered by the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research.

The purpose of the award is to recognize Ph.D. students from the University of Cambridge who are conducting outstanding research with real world application. Zhaozhi Qian’s award-winning research involved the creation of a machine learning tool developed to guide government decision-making around measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to accurately modeling COVID-19 mortality trends under current policy sets, the model in question is able to adaptively tailor forecasts to show the potential impact of specific policy changes, such as reopening schools or workplaces, implementing mask mandates, or relaxing shelter-in-place requirements. Further details can be found on the lab’s page dedicated to COVID-19 research; the title and abstract of the award-winning paper can be found directly below.

When and How to Lift the Lockdown?
Global COVID-19 Scenario Analysis and Policy Assessment using Compartmental Gaussian Processes

Zhaozhi Qian, Ahmed M. Alaa, Mihaela van der Schaar

NeurIPS 2020


For a full list of the van der Schaar Lab’s publications, click here.

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Nick Maxfield

From 2020 to 2022, Nick oversaw the van der Schaar Lab’s communications, including media relations, content creation, and maintenance of the lab’s online presence.