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Dr. Niki Popper


Nikolas “Niki” Popper studied Mathematics, Philosophy and Jazz Theory in Vienna, Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) and Moscow, Idaho (US) and received his ScD (Dr.techn.) at TU Wien.

Niki Popper published and presented about 150 articles and talks in journals and at international conferences. He is coordinator of COCOS “Centre for Computational Complex Systems” at TU Wien as well as chairman of DEXHELPP, the COMET K-Project (Decision Support for Health Policy and Planning: Methods, Models and Technologies based on Existing Health Care Data), which is dedicated to the development models and to efficient and safe use of data for decision making in health systems. His main research interests are theory and applications of modelling & simulation of dynamic and complex systems, especially: comparative modelling & simulation; coupling and comparison of mathematical model approaches; development of new modelling methods; implementation, parametrization, calibration and validation concepts and domain and application integration of simulation models like health system research and model based HTA (Health Technology Assessment).

He co-invented the award winning Master College for Applied Modelling, Simulation and Decision Making at TU Wien and the award winning blended learning courses in basic maths at the same university. He worked as science editor and journalist and co-founded two successful companies, the production company drahtwarenhandlung for scientific films, data journalism and computer animation and the R&D company dwh GmbH for technical solutions and simulation services, dedicated to develop new and innovative pipelines from the basic idea for a data driven analysis up to a ready for market solution. Niki Popper is married and is father of two children.

Decision Support for Health Policy and Planning: Methods, Models and Technologies based on Existing Health Care DataDevelopment and implementation of methods for the decision support in the Austrian health care system

The aim of DEXHELPP is the development of new methods, models and technologies to support analysis, planning and control of health care systems. To develop such technologies is of highest priority in order to solve the contradiction of increasingly limited resources in financing such systems on the one hand and the development of new and often expensive medical therapies and technologies on the other hand. New questions and strategies of planning will have to be processed and answered, as part of the newly legally fixed “target control” implemented in 2014.

DEXHELPP uses already existing and new data sources (as well as their extensions and junctions) and develops different models and strategies, in order to:

(1) carry out analyses of the status quo,

(2) calculate forecasts of the future developments and,

3) compare scenarios on the basis of different assumptions on developments or interventions.

Interventions in this case means procedures or changes in the area of the treatment of patients, inside organisations or in the structure of the health care system.

The K-Projekt DEXHELPP as part of COMET – Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies – is sponsored by BMVIT, BMWFW and the city of Vienna. The COMET project is organised by FFG.