COVID-19 Research grant to Hossein Baharmand

Postdoctor Hossein Baharmand won research grant from the Norwegian Research Council to do research on decision support and distribution of vaccines.

COVID-19 Research grant to Hossein Baharmand
Postdoctor Hossein Baharmand will be leading the project "Covid19 Network Technology based Responsive Action".

Center for Integrated Crisis Management (CIEM) in collaboration with the Center for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) has been awarded 4 million for the project "Covid19 Network Technology based Responsive Action". The researchers will develop a system for efficient and sustainable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.

Scientists around the world are working to develop vaccines against Covid-19. Even when large-scale vaccine production gets underway in 12 to 18 months, availability will be limited, as all countries would like to get hold of the vaccine for their population. 

- All countries' health authorities must be prepared for how to get the vaccine to those who need it, in an effective, sustainable and fair way, says project manager Hossein Baharmand, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Information and Communication Technology and researcher at the Center for Integrated Crisis Management (CIEM).

A major challenge is that vaccines are products that are sensitive to, for example, temperature and that demanding situations can arise from the vaccine exiting the production hall until it is fully present in the patient.

- Our goal is to propose a method that can support those in the supply chain. In the project, we will learn from the current situation, big data resources on the spread of disease, and what strategies are used in Norway's tackling of Covid-19, says Baharmand.

Partners are KU Leuven in Belgium, University of Ozygin in Turkey, Institute of Transport Economics and Agens AS.

8,5 millioner til Covid-19-forskning ved UiA