PACT Technical Reports

Ronald L. Rivest, Jon Callas, Ran Canetti, Kevin Esvelt, Daniel Kahn Gillmor, Yael Tauman Kalai, Anna Lysyanskaya, Adam Norige, Ramesh Raskar, Adi Shamir, Emily Shen, Israel Soibelman, Michael Specter, Vanessa Teague, Ari Trachtenberg, Mayank Varia, Marc Viera, Daniel Weitzner, John Wilkinson, Marc Zissman

Summary: This paper describes the PACT (Private Automated Contact Tracing) protocol, a simple, decentralized approach to using smartphones for contact tracing based on Bluetooth proximity.

Download the Paper Here: https://pact.mit.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/The-PACT-protocol-specification-ver-0.1.pdf

Marc Zissman

Description: Sides about the PACT project presented by Marc Zissman at the IEEE EMBS 2020 Annual Conference.

Download the Slides: https://pact.mit.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Zissman-PACT-Talk-for-IEEE-EMBS-2020.pdf

Gary F. Hatke, Monica Montanari, Swaroop Appadwedula, Michael Wentz, John Meklenburg, Louise Ivers, Jennifer Watson, Paul Fiore

Abstract: “The process of contact tracing to reduce the spread of highly infectious and life-threatening diseases has traditionally been a primarily manual process managed by public health entities. This process becomes challenged when faced with a pandemic of the proportions of SARS-CoV2. Digital contact tracing has been proposed as way to augment manual contact tracing and lends itself to widely proliferated devices such as cell phones and wearables. This paper describes a method and analysis of determining whether two cell phones, carried by humans, were in persistent contact of no more than 6 feet over 15 minutes using Bluetooth Low Energy signals. The paper describes the approach to detecting these signals, as well as a data-driven performance analysis showing that larger numbers of samples with more optimal detection algorithms, coupled with privacy preserving auxiliary information, improves detection performance.”

Download the Paper Here: https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/2006/2006.15711.pdf