The Biomedical and Health Data Sciences Collaborative (BHDSC), a cross-disciplinary group formed by the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies (ICRHPS) at Tufts Medical Center, invites you to attend an in-person seminar (with a virtual option) on Wednesday, January 24 at 2:00PM at 35 Kneeland Street, 8th Floor Conference room.

Dr. Shaoyang Ning will give a talk titled “Using Google search data for localized flu tracking.”


Big data from the Internet has great potential to track social and economic events at multiple geographical levels. Focusing on localized (regional, state-level) tracking the seasonal influenza epidemics within U.S., I will introduce a statistical model that efficiently combines publicly available Google search data at different geographical resolutions with traditional influenza surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our method outperforms time-series-based influenza tracking methods. Our model is robust and easy to implement, with the flexibility to incorporate additional information from other sources and/or resolutions, making it generally applicable to tracking other social, economic or public health events (such as COVID-19) at the regional or local level.

Speaker Bio

Shaoyang Ning is an Assistant Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Williams College. He received my Ph.D. in Statistics from Harvard in 2018 and his B.S. in Probability and Statistics from Peking University, China in 2013. His research focuses on the study and design of statistical methods for integrative data analysis, in particular, to address the challenges of increasing complexity and connectivity arising from “Big Data”. He is interested in innovating statistical methods that efficiently integrate multi-source, multi-resolution information to solve real-life problems. Instances include tracking flu activities (and other infectious diseases) with Google search data and predicting cancer-targeting drugs with high-throughput multi-omics data.


Wednesday, January 24, 2024
2:00PM-3:00PM EST

To attend virtually, click here.


Please contact Anastasia Gurinovich and Ellaina Reed if you have any questions. Feel free to pass on to others who may be interested.