Carnegie Mellon University

Tepper COVID-19 Research

Tepper Economist Among Experts Assessing When to Re-Open PA

Laurence Ales, Associate Professor of Economics

A CMU dashboard helps inform state decision-makers during the pandemic. The model will compile data to better understand areas' public health, economic status.

Nick Muller

Expected Health Effects of Reduced Air Pollution from COVID-19 Social Distancing

Nick Muller, Associate Professor of Economics, Engineering, and Public Policy; Lester and Judith Lave Development Chair in Economics, Engineering, and Public Policy

This paper examines the impact that these actions had on emissions and expected health effects through reduced personal vehicle travel and electricity consumption. 

Sridhar Tayur

Impact of COVID-19 on Manufacturing and Supply Networks — The Case for AI-Inspired Digital Transformation

Sridhar Tayur, Ford Distinguished Research Chair; University Professor of Operations Management

In this article, we make the case that digital technology and AI can mitigate the adversities and strengthen the resiliency and preparedness of manufacturing and supply networks in the future.  

Selman Erol

Social and Economic Distancing

Selman Erol, Assistant Professor of Economics

In this paper we model how individuals react to social distancing guidelines by changing their network of economic relations, affecting total output, wealth inequality, and long-term growth.

Deeksha Gupta

Income Inequality, Debt Burden and COVID-19

Deeksha Gupta, Assistant Professor of Finance

There have been stark differences in the ability of low-income and high-income individuals to protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. We show that debt burdens contribute to this inequity by disproportionately increasing the cost to low-income individuals of reducing mobility during pandemics.

Jeff Galak

How Firms Can Use Behavioral Science to Help Consumers During the COVID-19 Crisis

Jeff Galak, Associate Professor of Marketing

We offer a behavioral science perspective and corresponding recommendations on how firms can better respond to consumers in contexts marked by uncertainty, isolation, and excess information. 

Zachary Lipton

Real-time COVID-19 Indicators

Zachary Chase Lipton, Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Machine Learning

We developed real-time nowcasting and forecasting tools using a variety of signals including surveys run by Google and Facebook, feeds from diagnostic equipment, and data on doctor's visits among others. We are also working on “Real-time COVID-19 Indicators” a more local effort to help out the county.

Chester Spatt

HEC Paris: A Tale of Two Crises: COVID-19 (2020) and the Mortgage Meltdown (2008)

Chester S. Spatt, Pamela R. and Kenneth B. Dunn Professor of Finance

Zachary Lipton

Time-to-event Modeling

Zachary Chase Lipton, Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Machine Learning

We developed a risk score based on viral pneumonia patients for survival analysis (also called time-to-event modeling). The goal is to provide scores for different modes of decompensation in respiratory illness, including both needing ventilator support and mortality.

Will Kaigler

Self-contained Negative Pressure Respiratory Apparatus

William Kaigler, Assistant Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship

As seen in our neighboring nations, the potential of the catastrophic collapse of health care resources is a major risk. In efforts to mitigate these concerns, we must continue to be innovative. The self-contained negative pressure apparatus that we have created is a first step in doing just that.

John Hooker

Equitable Preposition and Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources

John Hooker, T. Jerome Holleran Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility; Professor of Operations Research

This work is based partly on my research with H. P. Williams of London School of Economics on balancing equity and efficiency. It was inspired by resource allocation dilemmas in the UK’s National Health Service. 

Chester Spatt and Burton Hollifield

Medical and Economic Contagion, Interconnectedness and Network Theory

Chester S. Spatt, Pamela R. and Kenneth B. Dunn Professor of Finance; Burton Hollifield, PNC Professor of Finance; Professor of Financial Economics; Head, Undergraduate Business Administration Program

Ben Moseley

Vaccination Intervention Strategies for Pandemics

Benjamin Moseley, Assistant Professor of Operations Research, Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair

This project will investigate vaccination strategies: who, where, and when to vaccinate in order to maximize public health under limited resources. The target is to discover novel strategies that are superior to those currently known in theory and experimentation.