EDIT BY @jug:
The Royal Society is coordinating a call for Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic (RAMP).
This urgent call to action is addressed to the scientific modelling community, and is a scheme to allow those with modelling skills (including data science) to contribute to current UK efforts in modelling the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are interested to help RAMP, you need to sign up here: https://epcced.github.io/ramp/
If you decide to do so, please also comment below, so we see how many decided to help this initiative. You might even want to update us here about your activities within RAMP!
Additionally, a project pitch can also be found here: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/softmatter/research
There is a call from assistance from the Royal Society (in the UK) at https://epcced.github.io/ramp/ . From that site:
This is a nationwide call for rapid assistance in modelling the pandemic (RAMP), addressed to specialists in any or all of the above areas, and indeed to the scientific modelling community more widely. Possible assistance could include advice on importing modelling elements from other research domains; undertaking the software engineering needed to port vastly enlarged datasets into existing pandemic models; data analytics to create predictive empirical models from real-world data; offering new perspectives on existing modelling strategies; and adding to human and computing resources more generally. Another role could be to review and filter the numerous COVID-relating modelling efforts from scientists in other fields that are already starting to appear online, feeding through to SPI-M and/or other bodies, contributions that might have substantial impact on planning.
This call for assistance is addressed to the wider modelling community (including data analytics) in academia and industry. Our initial focus is on the UK community but this is an international emergency and we welcome contributions from non-UK based scientists, while realizing that they might wish to prioritize any similar initiative in their own countries.
Qualified researchers, willing to devote time to RAMP, are asked to take the following steps:
- if you are a Group Head, Principal Investigator or Team Leader, please canvas your group or team of colleagues, research students and postdocs (or the industry equivalent to those roles) and submit a joint response for the group or team using the response form provided.
- if you are a postgraduate student or postdoc, please canvas your Advisor / PI / Group Head / Team Leader as appropriate and ask them to submit a team-level response as in (i).
- only if you are a sole researcher, for instance a recently retired academic, please fill out the form in your own right.
We are hoping to get the first outputs from RAMP within an initial 4-month period (April-July), and are looking for people willing to volunteer significant fractions of their research time across that timescale.