Four Berkeley engineers receive awards for COVID-19 research

June 24, 2020
By: Kirsten Mickelwait, College of Engineering
Gerbrand Cedar, Teresa Head-Gordon, Jennifer Listgarten & Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli
Professors Gerbrand Ceder, Teresa Head-Gordon, Jennifer Listgarten and Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli Digital Transformation Institute announces new funding for projects

The newly formed research consortium Digital Transformation Institute has made awards to 26 research projects led by top scientists and engineers to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Four of the recipients have faculty appointments at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering:

  • Gerbrand Ceder – COVIDScholar: An NLP Hub for COVID-19 Research Literature
  • Teresa Head-Gordon – Scoring Drugs: Small Molecule Drug Discovery for COVID-19 Using Physics-Inspired Machine Learning
  • Jennifer Listgarten – Data-Driven, High-Dimensional Design for Trustworthy Drug Discovery
  • Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli – Detection and Containment of Emerging Diseases Using AI Techniques

Such efforts could help advance contact tracing, find a cure or reopen the economy. A significant number of the projects advance artificial intelligence research that aims to reduce racial, economic and healthcare disparities in COVID-19 public policy.