XPRIZE team meets on a Zoom call The Nebraska team is a unique collaboration between faculty and students at three University of Nebraska system institutions. The team formed in the spring of 2020 while initially working on a COVID-19 modeling project that used Kinsa Bluetooth-wired thermometers and social media to gather fever data from various communities across the state of Nebraska and then the entire United States.

That first project predicted the first COVID-19 outbreak wave in Nebraska almost one month ahead of it starting and correlates well with the (delayed) daily reported cases in the state.

After learning of the XPRIZE competition, the Nebraska team had to work quickly to expand its work to encompass the whole world – harnessing the power of data and artificial intelligence in equipping policymakers, health officials, and business leaders with the insights and guidance necessary to implement public safety measures and safely deliver vaccines. This maximized their ability to keep local economies open while minimizing potential virus breakouts.

The modeling developed by the Nebraska team:
  • Forecasts future outbreaks of COVID-19 and other potential viruses at the country level --or even at a more local level
  • Understands the importance of different mass data streams in the spreading infection and mobility in response to restrictions:
  • Optimizes the prescription model to yield recommendations that will reduce future COVID-19 cases while minimizing the economic and environmental impacts of imposing the restrictions
  • Controls this and future outbreaks by providing predictive insight into which measures will yield lowest costs and societal stringencies so that social structure economic disruptions are minimized.


In the news and TV interviews:

Our prediction using wireless thermometer Our effort with public school to install more wireless thermometer