About US


COVIDSIM.TEAM represents multiple research and development teams being centrally coordinated by NAAMII.

NAAMII is a private not-for-profit research organization created by Nepali researchers with the mission of building a strong foundation of scientific research in Nepal in the field of informatics, applied mathematics and AI, and contributing towards democratization and decentralization of AI in the world. NAAMII team description can be found here.

We have been receiving invaluable support and resources from Leapfrog and Machnet.

Kathmandu University's HPC facility has generously provided us with a high spec server for computing and database needs. Dr Rajendra Prasad Adhikari, assistant professor of Physics at the KU, has been an invaluable help for this and is closely coordinating with us.

We will soon be officially announcing more corporate, organizational and government support. Further updates will be made available here, on NAAMII's site and on our GitHub wiki.

Our team members and various work groups are listed below:

Dr. Bishesh Khanal is a research scientist and chairperson of NAAMII with a Postdoc in Medical Imaging Informatics and AI from King's College London and Imperial College London, and a PhD in Modeling and Simulation of Brain Deformation in Alzheimer's Disease from INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France. He is co-ordinating the project engaging withvarious collaborators and government bodies, and is contributing to the project with his eight years of experience in modeling and simulation, use of high performance cluster computing, machine learning and deep learning.

Manish J Thapa is a doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. His current research focuses on understanding chemical reaction using quantum mechanics. He obtained his M.Sc. with focuses on quantum computers and complex networks from the same university. He implemented the project's core inter-city disease transmission model, and is further refining it to make the model more realistic. He oversees the simulation side of our efforts and is working towards extending our model in coordination with CERN experts.

Risav Karna is a software architect and developer currently leading Meraki Inc and the nep.work collaboration platform. He has previously designed and developed digital experience platforms for the cruise ship industry, major ecommerce systems and multiple research collaboration platforms. He is coordinating our efforts with various industry leaders and is responsible for the team's software architecture for its data pipelines, apps and websites and for scaling up of the research implementations.

Dr. Bibhushan Shakya is a research scientist in theoretical particle physics at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a PhD in theoretical particle physics from Cornell University and Bachelor’s degrees in Physics, Mathematics, and Philosophy from Stanford University. He has previously held research positions at the University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, and University of California, Santa Cruz. He is coordinating the implementation of an agent-based simulation model developed by scientists in the CERN theory group to study projections and measures for the spread of Covid-19 in Nepal.

Shreyasha Paudel is a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company in Palo Alto, California. Her current research focuses on uncertainty modeling and statistical inference in AI and machine learning systems. Shreyasha holds a Master's Degree from Stanford University and is working on integrating alternative intercity and intra-city models into the core simulation framework.

Aayush Kafle is a research assistant at NAAMII. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Institute of Engineering (IOE), Pulchowk Campus, Nepal. He is working on the inter-city disease transmission model.

Saujan Ghimire is an Electro-Mechanical Engineer and Software Architect/developer at VTEC Lasers and sensors and its sister companies in Eindhoven, Netherlands. With design expertise in the fields of IoT, he has undertaken various European Projects. He also is the co-founder of I-IKIGAI Ltd (UK). He contributes to our team's software architecture and the DevOps.

Ujjwol Sharma holds a masters degree in mathematics, specializing in algebraic geometry, from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He is currently interested in economics and related fields and is working on our team's econometric analysis and economics focused modeling efforts.

Dr Kiran R Pandey obtained his undergraduate medical degree from Kathmandu University in Nepal and finished his Internal Medicine residency at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago. He completed fellowships in Health Services Research and in Advanced Training in Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago. He has a Master of Public Health Sciences degree from the University of Chicago’s Department of Public Health Sciences. He is currently a research affiliate at the University of Chicago’s Center for Health and the Social Sciences. With our team, he is working on COVID-19 SEIR modeling and control strategies.

Dr Danda Pani Paudel is a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Vision Lab at ETH Zurich. Danda Pani received a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 2015, and a Master’s degree in computer vision in 2012, from University of Bourgogne, France. He also worked as a research scholar at University of Strasbourg, France, from 2013 to 2015. He is contributing towards our inter-city model and population network analysis.

Dr Binod Bhattarai is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London and an Adjunct Research Scientist at NAAMII, Nepal. His research interests are in Machine Learning, Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing.

Dr. Naveen Vaidya is an Associate Professor at San Diego State University in applied mathematics. He is contributing in the mathematical modeling aspect of our project based on his extensive experience in mathematical biology (pathogen dynamics and immune systems, epidemiology, and ecology), mathematical and computational modeling, differential equations, dynamical systems, optimal control, biostatistics.

Dr. Michael Bronstein is a Professor at Imperial College London and Head of Graph Learning Research at Twitter. He is also working with all our teams and guiding our efforts. He is also involved in several efforts for addressing the COVID-19 epidemic, including a collaboration with Vodafone Foundation for antiviral drug repositioning (DreamLab Corona-AI), a collaboration with EPFL Protein design lab for finding peptide binders for SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins, and MILA COVID-19 Task Force.


Our research team groups are listed below:

For the development,

  • Risav Karna and Saujan Ghimire are working on the software architecture, data analysis platforms, apps, websites and scaling up of the research implementations.


Even though we cannot open source every part of our research just yet, we are fully committed to openness and transparency. Our source code is gradually being made public on GitHub for public review and contribution. We are taking precautions to disentangle any sensitive information and resolve any licensing issues. You can visit our GitHub organization at github.com/covidsimteam and find our GitHub wiki here. You can stay updated with our source code growth and milestones by starring and/or watching our repositories.

Emails & DISCORD

If you would like to get in touch regarding a broader or different conversation than the software focused discourse at our GitHub organization, please feel free to contact us on any one of these email addresses with 'COVID' as a part of the email subject. If applicable, we will send you an invite to our Discord server for getting you up-to-date with our progress and ongoing communications within the community.