AFI DSI COVID-19 Research Group

About Us

We are an interdisciplinary coalition hosted by AFI DSI, with people from UW-Madison, local & state government, industry, and other academic institutions curating information as fast as we can. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has issued a call for tech and AI experts to develop new text and data mining techniques to help answer high-priority scientific questions related to COVID-19. We are are committed to sharing our own data models and visualizations, as well as those shared by other institutions and news organizations. Read more about our goals in our COVID-19 Data Research Charter.

Going the Distance Together

We’re working to provide results, but raw data and model assumptions are evolving quickly, changing without notice. The COVID-19 pandemic is a complex medical and sociological event: data have biases that make interpretation tricky, and data models are limited by assumptions and data. Remember, COVID-19 cases are continuing to climb. Be positive, stay negative.

National and Global Data Visualizations

Data Science Stories


Understanding a global pandemic requires creating community around studying it and making any discovery understandable for the public. It’s an aim of our group, and other collaborative efforts around understanding the effects of COVID-19 are popping up around the world.

31 March 2020 UW-Madison MPH Program Webinar: COVID-19: Being an Effective Opinion Leader (56 min).

Wisconsin Do Your Part: Instagram and Twitter.

The ASA has created the COVID-19 Data, Statistics, and Research and Discussion group.

MIDAS is looking to grow its community of data scientists interested in COVID-19 modeling research.

Data science can contribute to helping the world navigate and understand how to mitigate this pandemic. We’re featuring some stories that highlight data science’s role in prevention, mitigation, and relief efforts.