Design and Development of Autonomous Disinfecting Embedded Systems for COVID-19

Azim, Akramul | $50,000

Ontario Ontario Tech University 2020 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Grant

One of the major challenges during the COVID‑19 pandemic is frequent disinfecting. This is very critical for places like hospitals and long term care. In most places, human operators perform the cleaning but it may cause them infected with the virus because of the shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and many of the unknowns of COVID-19. Cyberworks Robotics has industry-grade autonomous cleaning machines that can be very useful to deal-with COVID-19. The goal of this project is to improve Cyberworks Robotics technology on existing (a) floor disinfection machines (e.g. wet floor scrubbers) of various types used in hospitals, (b) high-intensity UV disinfection machines, and (c) chemical mist disinfection machines. In this collaboration, we aim to investigate to (a) increase the number of models of disinfection systems to which our add-on technology is compatible, and (b) increase the performance specifications of the core add-on navigation technology itself. This improvement would allow hospitals to disinfect the hospital surfaces on a more frequent basis than is possible with human cleaners and also simultaneously to increase the quality of cleaning by ensuring that some surfaces are not missed due to human error and neglect.

With funding from the Government of Canada

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