Alice Piterova believes that it is vital that we help each other during difficult times. Learn how she and her team at AI for Good UK are using AI to help refugees during COVID-19.
I moved to London from Russian to start a new life. It is very challenging to leave your home and come to a place where you don’t understand the ways and customs. I think that is why I spend a lot of time talking to refugees in our community. I try to imagine their journey from where they escaped to where they migrated and the challenges they faced along the way.
Finding my tribe
I joined AI for Good UK, to bring people together to take on real world challenges using AI. When COVID-19 broke out, we realized that we needed to shift our focus to address the needs of the most vulnerable. For me, that is refugees. It is nearly impossible to socially distance in refugee camps. We decided to build an AI model to simulate the spread of the virus.
Protecting the most vulnerable
To start, we worked with refugee camps in different locations. We used refugee data to build our AI model. Using data and AI responsibly is a high priority for us. We keep the data private. The simulation enables NGOs to isolate those at high risk, take pre-emptive steps to reduce the virus spread and prepare health care workers. Without the simulation, NGOs wouldn’t have this information.
Building meaningful connections
It is one of the most rewarding feelings when you work with people who have experienced the worst, and they are still open. They want to help themselves. They want to work with you. They want to help you. Together, you can create something wonderful. That is my passion. That is my driver.
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