Computer modelling of epidemics must meet ‘professional standards’, says industry group

Computer code used to model the spread of diseases including coronavirus “must meet professional standards”, an industry lobby group has said, after criticism of some of the systems used by ministers who ordered the UK lockdown.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said that a lack of widely-accepted software development standards in scientific research, risks undermining confidence in computer modelling, including high-profile models which were used to inform Covid-19 policy.

Dr Bill Mitchell, the group’s director of policy, said better modelling could help determine which lockdown measures were likely to have the greatest public health benefits.

He warned that currently “the quality of the software implementations of scientific models appear to rely too much on the individual coding practices of the scientists who develop them”.

The British Computer Society (BCS) is a professional body which represents people working in information technology and computer science.

The group’s comments come 

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Dull Near-Term Outlook for Computer Services Industry

The Zacks Computer – Services industry primarily comprises companies that offer cloud and software-based solutions. Their offerings include national security solutions, business support solutions, and systems engineering and software application development solutions.

The industry participants cater to varied end markets and customers including intelligence, defense, U.S. government agencies, communications, banking, financial services, insurance, healthcare, as well as media and entertainment.

Here are the four major industry themes:

  • The industry’s growth is expected to accelerate in the days ahead on increasing number of remote workers in the wake of coronavirus-induced work-from-home wave. In this era of digital transformation, enterprises are actively seeking a common ground between on-premise and cloud infrastructures that will enable them to provide flexible and easily adoptable hybrid solutions. Notably, coronavirus-triggered demand for remote working has led to increased demand for cloud and cost-efficient business support solutions as well as other digital monetization solutions, which bode well for
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