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Algorithms transforming our world

New algorithms are regularly being developed by research teams worldwide to improve different aspects of life.

Researchers at Canada’s University of Waterloo (UW) have created one that provides better support for elderly citizens during natural disasters. It uses data gathered by interRAI, a global network of researchers focused on innovations that can help ‘vulnerable populations’. The algorithm developed at UW takes interRAI’s ‘home care assessment’ data to provide first responders and caregivers with the relevant and current information they need to plan effectively.

“Older adults living on their own are more difficult to locate and assist than those living in healthcare facilities. This algorithm helps us to plan for disasters in advance and allows responders to quickly generate an accurate list of those who may need help during a disaster,” said Sandy Van Solm, who developed the algorithm as part of her PhD at Waterloo.

Meanwhile, a research team, led by Stanford University’s Immigration Policy Lab, has developed  an algorithm that could transform the employment opportunities of refugees. And another from the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) should ensure homes continue to have access to power when the grid goes down. While an algorithm built through an international collaboration project will provide early warning for earthquakes.

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