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SHIELD Program a Model for Effective Pandemic Management, Data Show

Illinois News Bureau: June 9, 2022

Learn about how the Safer Illinois app supported the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s efforts to keep the campus community safe during the pandemic. This article summarizes the findings of a recent journal article published in Nature Communications that provides a thorough report of the University’s SHIELD: Target, Test, Tell program.

Deakin University’s Smart Personalized Digital Assistant

Deakin University (July 2017)

We’re paying attention to other campus apps to see what we can learn about creating useful, personalized digital resources for students. Watch this short video to learn about the Deakin University Genie app, an innovative app with big ambitions.

Digital avatar of UNLV President Whitfield

UNLV President Turns Himself Into an AI

Inside Higher Ed (March 2, 2022)

How can university administrators create more personal connections to students? The University of Nevada at Las Vegas has found a novel way to engage with students through AI.

Mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 Transmission at a Large Public University

Ranoa, D.R. et al., MedRxiv, June 9, 2022. Nature Communications: 13: 3207.

In Fall 2020, universities saw extensive transmission of SARS-CoV-2 among their populations, threatening health of the university and surrounding communities, and viability of in-person instruction. Here we report a case study at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where a multimodal “SHIELD: Target, Test, and Tell” program, with other nonpharmaceutical interventions, was employed to keep classrooms and laboratories open.

Rokwire: Let’s make smart communities a reality

Rokwire. “Let’s Make Smart Communities a Reality.” Whitepaper. May 2021.

Read this whitepaper to learn about Rokwire, an interdisciplinary project of the Smart, Healthy Communities Initiative at the University of Illinois. Rokwire is building an open source digital ecosystem for mobile devices to enable the smart, healthy communities of the future.

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