Hello, my name is


Nascimento de Lima

I use data and computational models to inform public policy

About Me

I am an Associate Engineer at RAND, a research organization dedicated to improving policy and decision-making through research and analysis.

My research uses simulation models and (high-performance) computing to inform public policy when decision-makers face complex dilemmas and there is no obvious policy choice due to uncertainty or conflicting societal objectives. I have a background in engineering and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis.

I self-identify as an eclectic modeler - someone who has been trained on, appreciates, and uses a wide variety of modeling paradigms. Whether you self-identify as an econometrician, biostatistician, systems dynamicist, or complex systems modeler, we have a lot to chat about. I believe that all models are wrong, but all models can be useful if used by competent and honest researchers.

My recent research investigates COVID-19 control strategies and informs the design of pandemic response plans. I also work on other health policy areas, such as cancer early detection.

More generally, I am interested in using computational models to shed light on tradeoffs imposed by policy problems. A recent example of this involves using many-objective optimization to investigate the effects of policies to reduce racial wealth disparities.

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Software & Tools

R Package
Robust Decision Making tools for Cancer Screening Models
COVID-19 Decision Support Tool
Web Tool
COVID-19 Decision Support Tool
A Decision Support Tool to help US states respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Reopening California Code Repository
Code Repository
Reopening California Code Repository
Code Repository for our paper stress-testing California's Reopening strategy.

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