Kota Samarahan, 18 August 2021- The Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (FCSIT), UNIMAS initiated the Disease Modeling Workshop (DMo) in 2014 with the initial aim to bring together researchers in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Public Health in one platform to share knowledge and current research activities mainly in facilitating the eradication and control of infectious diseases. Organized annually, the structure of the workshop evolved into a problem-based learning and summer camp concept whereby the participants will work in a group project and present it at the end of the workshop.
The 7th run of DMo was supposed to be in 2020 but due to COVID19 it was done virtually this year. July 27th – 29th 2021 were the first three days of the workshop which consists of lectures on disease modeling and hands-on training on R programming. 21 participants from Sarawak State Health Department, Sarawak General Hospital, Selangor State Health Department, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. Majority of the participants are students from Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree programme.
The finale of the workshop was held on the 18th August which started off with talks from Associate Professor Dr Jane Labadin and Dr Marc Choisy from OUCRU (Ho Chih Minh City, Vietnam) and then all the six group projects were presented of which all the projects presented were on Modeling COVID19. Prof Dr Razitasham bt Safii from Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences UNIMAS and Dr Balvinder Singh Gill from Malaysia Institute of for Medical Research were among those who came to provide constructive feedbacks to the participants. The finale was a full-day event and was attended by more than 30 attendees consisting of past DMo participants from University of Malaya, Universiti Teknologi Mara, as well as future international collaborators from Pakistan.