Flu Detector - About

Flu Detector (version 2; find more about version 1 here) uses Twitter content or Google search data to estimate influenza-like illness (flu) rates in England. Daily flu rate estimates reflect on data from the past 7 days. This website is supported by the EPSRC IRC project i-sense (Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases) and a Google Research Sponsorship.

Note that regional scores (i.e., everything but the scores for "England") are still under development. All estimates should be considered as experimental (see the website's disclaimer below).

Research Team

The research team behind Flu Detector is based at the Computer Science Department of University College London.

Vasileios Lampos
, Senior Research Associate
Bin Zou
, PhD Student
Ingemar J. Cox
, Professor in Information Retrieval
Past Members: Jens K. Geyti

Relevant Publications


The information contained in this web site serves as a demonstration of research currently under way at University College London (UCL) and is provided 'as is' without warranty of any kind. Any reliance you place on this information is strictly at your own risk. Flu Detector is a demonstration of a research product and is used for research purposes only. We make no claim for its medical usability. UCL is not responsible for any use of this data. Through this web site you are able to link to other web sites which are not under our control. Therefore, the inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorses the view expressed within them. Access to this web site may be suspended temporarily and without any notice in circumstances of system failure or maintenance or for reasons beyond our control. We reserve the right to remove or alter the content of this web site at any time and without prior notice.