Jane Bromley

Jane Bromley

Lecturer in Computer Science, researcher at the Centre for Complexity and Design at the Open University. Interested in machine intelligence, deep learning, and image recognition by humans and machines

Location United Kingdom



  • Hello Ismail, John, Ogbanna, Yes this model is based on a person only getting infected once.

    These are all good questions. How would the behaviour change if greay dots could revert to blue again i.e. if people do catch the disease twice? Does it matter how quickly they revert to blue? These are thought experiments. However, if scientific evidence does...

  • Hello again Catherine, and again I agree with your comments.
    Introducing symbols makes it difficult to understand. This is a living course and we will be changing and improving with the input we receive. So thank you for sharing your experience.
    You have posed two great questions: was there a chance we would have needed the Nightingale hospitals? If...

  • Hi Catherine, Yes I understand that completely. In the end I had the interactive tool in one window and the text in a separate window, not just in different tabs. Like that I could have both visible at the same time. That made it a bit easier. However, feel free to just play around with the interactive tool and ignore the questions, but make your own up...

  • Hi Richard, well I'm sorry about that. I presume your OS is Catalina 10.15.3? The interactive was developed on a Mac and I've just tried it out on MacOS Catalina 10.15.4 where it has worked fine. I wonder it the lack of interactivity is something else?

  • Hello Sanjoy and welcome to the course. We hope you find it interesting.

    By signing up, then reading this first page you have started the course. To continue just keep reading each page and clicking on the round link "mark as complete" icon. To get to each subsequent page in the course you then need to click on the right pointing arrow ( it looks like...

  • Welcome Annette, we look forward to your future posts. Do feel free to reply to others "students" as well as the actual course content.

  • Hello Joanna and welcome to the course. We hope you find the content useful, and also that you find the posts from other people around the world interesting.

  • Hello Mbong, welcome to the course. What you say highlights that the needs for information are different for different countries and different groups within countries. Do let us know what you find particularly relevant for Cameroon.

  • Hello David and welcome to the course. We hope you will find it useful. Do post your thoughts as you progress through it, especially anything that helps to clarify what you have been thinking or causes your views to change.

  • Hello Abdelkader and welcome to the course. Thank you for taking the time out from your work to share your thoughts.

  • Hello Muhammad, welcome to the course. We look forward to reading your future posts.

  • Hello Oluchukwu and thank you for sharing your own experiences. We hope you find this course interesting and applicable to your own situation.

  • Thank you for making this point. Clear and accurate evidence is important, but conclusions can only be drawn by thinking about it critically.

  • Ko ni chi wa :-) do let us know which aspects of this course you find most important to teach your students about. Complex Systems Science, which is the field of research we use for this type of modelling, is not a core part of the UK school curriculum.

  • Hello Tariq, thank you for sharing data from your location. Do get back to us to let us know what aspects of the course are most useful in your particular circumstances.

  • Thank you very much for sharing this information.

  • Hello Vicky, these are good points. There are lots of possible inputs to a model and the outcome can only be as good as the inputs that are used. This is a reason that Complex Systems is transdisciplinary - contributions to models are needed from many and varied research fields.

  • Yes we hope that policy makers use critical thinking to draw conclusions from all the evidence they are provided with.

  • Yes you point out how important it is to collect accurate data and to research the assumptions.

  • Yes indeed. It's very helpful when models can give a likelihood measure to their predictions.

  • Hello Aparna, you make the useful point that circumstances change and that our models will need to adapt.

  • Hi Vicky, yes I like the point you make here: it's not an exact science, it's a complex system. However we can make predictions and they can be useful.

  • Yes after an event things are often clearer.

  • I think you make a good point here - the prediction is only as good as the information it is built on. And sometimes we can't get better information for all sorts of reasons.

  • Hello Firas, thank you for adding information about previous modelling by Imperial. Do you have a reference (ie a report, webpage etc) that you can share with everyone? Do you think that Imperial's past performance has informed their current work?

  • Hello Chris, thank you for sharing your reflections on the course so far and these three resources. Undoubtedly this is a fast changing field. Please do keep contributing your own knowledge and research to the course.

  • Hello Garry, thank you for sharing that link https://www.entuk.org/loss-sense-smell-marker-covid-19-infection-0

  • Hello George, thank you for finding the time to study as well as work. Please do post your experiences, we will be interested to hear them.

  • Hello Mary Anne, thank you for finding the time to study the course. We will be interested to also learning from you so do please "post" your thoughts and experiences.

  • Hi Catherine, I feel the same - "knowledge is good". What's that saying "forewarned is forearmed" ? Do post your reflections and thoughts as you study the course.

  • Hello Shikha, welcome to the course. We will be interested to hear what you learn and how it can help you help you. Do make "posts" about your thoughts as you study the course.

  • Hello Pausanius, welcome to the course. Debate and discussion is the best way to improve our understanding. Do feel free to contribute comments during the course.

  • Hello Catherine, yes it's a worrying time and a disruptive time too. We hope that this course will give you some concrete ways of thinking about the issues.

  • Welcome to the course Maria, sorry I can't reply in Portuguese. We will be interested to hear how your medical experience in Brazil compares with that from other countries.

  • Welcome to the course Amanda. We'd be interested to know how understandable the course was for you, given that you are also using it to increase your English proficiency.

  • Hello Jay, we hope that you do learn ideas that help guide you in future. Do let us know your thoughts at the end of the course.

  • We will be interested to know what you feel you have learnt at the end of this course.

  • Hello Asmita, I hope the course is helpful to you in producing your own mind model about what is happening in your country. Do let us know what conclusions you draw after studying the course.

  • Didn't help that I have a semi-autonomous PC so hard to get access to the C: drive.

  • All installed fine, and test worked, but it was very s-l-o-w. My PC is completely underpowered and under memoried!

  • I'm starting late too. I'm very interested to try out programming from with the notebook.