Opportunity for modeling collaboration: Multi-Model Outbreak Decision Support (MMODS)

Dr. Katriona Shea at Penn State University is coordinating a new project (MMODS), which aims to combine COVID-19 modeling results from different groups into one decision-analytic framework to support decision-making to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

MMODS draws on methods proposed in a recent paper published by Shea et al. in Science. The MMODS team plans to engage a diverse set of modeling groups with expertise in structured, collaborative, ensemble projections. This is a complementary effort to the COVID-19 forecasting hub developed by Dr. Nick Reich and colleagues, with an explicit focus on interventions and decisions.

MMODS will run multiple projection exercises to address key decisions facing managers of COVID-19, including when and how to relax key social distancing interventions, as the first exercise. More information and a link to the Google registration sheet is available on the MIDAS MMODS page. 

The deadline for model submissions is 12 June, 2020