Avanti Athreya, Youngser Park, and Carey Priebe received a Microsoft Award for their project on “Organizational Dynamics to Enable Post-Pandemic Return to Work.”

With more than 30 million claims to unemployment this year due to the pandemic, organizations are desperate to figure out how to get people back to work. This project will use network machine learning on enterprise communication and collaboration data to evaluate and detect network resilience in a post-pandemic world. This research is aimed at providing better guidance as many companies transition from “work-from-home” back to their workplaces. For example, given a large tech company, can we determine which groups’ productivity would benefit the most from returning to the office first vs which groups might be more resilient to working from home? This research will contribute network machine learning that will better inform companies on how to operate.