29 min

Synth-pop is cool again‪!‬ COVID Chasers

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Right around the time (late 80s and early 90s), synth-pop as a musical genre was fading from popularity, a group of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory were wondering how to revive at least the moniker. This work led to the development of synthetic representation of cities and countries populated by statistically similar individuals with households, activities, the whole shebang. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Samarth Swarup, who will walk us through some of the history and also how they are being used in current form to support epidemic models. 

Samarth Swarup is a Research Associate Professor in the Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing division, Biocomplexity Institute, UVA. His research interests include resilience and sustainability, computational social science, and simulation analytics. You can see his full bio here.

Right around the time (late 80s and early 90s), synth-pop as a musical genre was fading from popularity, a group of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory were wondering how to revive at least the moniker. This work led to the development of synthetic representation of cities and countries populated by statistically similar individuals with households, activities, the whole shebang. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Samarth Swarup, who will walk us through some of the history and also how they are being used in current form to support epidemic models. 

Samarth Swarup is a Research Associate Professor in the Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing division, Biocomplexity Institute, UVA. His research interests include resilience and sustainability, computational social science, and simulation analytics. You can see his full bio here.

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