The Massive Data Institute is pleased to support the following interdisciplinary research projects at Georgetown University:

  • Susan Martin, director of Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of International Migration, and Lisa Singh, associate professor of computer science, are using massive data sets to understand population displacement. The project builds on the work computational scientists and social scientists developing a prototype for a large-scale, data intensive early warning systems to detect forced migration emergencies from conflict and natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes.
  • McCourt School professor Thomas DeLeire has teamed up with Lindsey Leininger of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Mayo Clinic’s Nilay Shah and David Holme on a project using predictive analytics to help discover high-need Medicaid enrollees under the Affordable Care Act.
  • The Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics (ICBI) at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and the McCourt School’s Health Policy Institute received a seed grant to use big data to investigate the adoption of personalized medicine within the nation’s health care system. GUMC researchers include Innovation Center Director Subha Madhavan, Alex Fu, associate professor of population sciences and data scientist Matt Johnson. Health Policy Institute researchers include senior research fellows from the Center on Health Insurance Reforms JoAnn Volk, Kevin Lucia and David Cusano.
  • In a project titled, “Harnessing big data to understand the causes and consequences of vaccine refusal for childhood infectious diseases,” assistant professor of biology at  Georgetown University,  Shweta Bansal from ICBI and her co-investigators from the Georgetown University Medical Center Stacey Kaltman associate professor of psychiatry  and Rochelle Tractenberg, associate professor of neurology  will harness the potential of a unique high-resolution dataset on insurance claims to geographically localize vaccination concerns, identify the socio-economic factors that drive this behavior, and confirm the epidemiological consequences of these concerns.
  • Assistant professor of biology in Georgetown College Shweta Bansal, Lawrence Gostin, faculty director of the University’s O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law, and Lisa Singh, associate professor of computer science have received a grant to use big data, mathematical models and visual analytics to explore the spatial dynamics of the flu to better inform policy.
  • McCourt School professor Jean Mitchell, along with co-investigators Carole Roan Gresenz of The RAND Corporation, and Howard Federoff, executive dean and professor of neurology at the Georgetown University Medical Center, in a project titled “Linking the Consumer Credit Panel Survey to Medicare Claims, will analyze Medicare claims records and data from the Consumer Credit Panel Survey to investigate an array of issues at the nexus of health and economic well-being. The researchers will initially use the new database to examine financial outcomes among patients with Alzheimer's disease during the particularly vulnerable time period--before the disease is diagnosed.
  • In partnership with the Georgetown Environment Initiative, the MDI has also awarded a grant to study the socio-environmental drivers of disease transmission among bottlenose dolphins. Assistant professor of biology at Georgetown University Shweta Bansal, Eric Patterson, assistant research professor of biology, Lisa Singh, associate professor of computer science, and professor of biology Janet Mann will develop modeling tools and mining algorithms to study morbillivirus disease dynamics using a combined methodology that integrates knowledge from the well-studied Shark Bay, Australia bottlenose dolphins with newly collected data on Mid-Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.