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Today from across the pond: How research software engineers help fighting infectious diseases like the coronavirus. What challenges do they face?

Posted by @pweschmidt · 1 min read

11 June 2020

RSE Stories is going places! This episode is brought to you from London in collaboration with the Society of Research Software Engineering in the UK (RSE UK). Today’s host is Peter Schmidt talking with Richard Fitzjohn. Richard leads a team of research software engineers (RSE) at the MRC (Medical Research Council) Centre for Global Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College in London. Before Richard became a research software engineer he worked in theoretical evolutionary biology. But today, he and his team help epidemiologists develop models for infectious diseases. Lately, this meant developing models for the coronavirus outbreak. What does this work entail? And with some models being made public, how can research software engineers ensure that best development practices and standards are being followed and maintained?

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