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Robotic Decontamination Collaboration Wins Best Paper Award

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CEE Professor Qiang He and Assistant Professor Shuai Li, along with Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Professor Jindong Tan recently received the Best Paper Award from Building and Environment for their paper entitled, “Segmenting areas of potential contamination for adaptive robotic disinfection in built environments,” published in October, 2020.

The research collaboration seeks to integrate robotic decontamination and infrastructure design, which could help mitigate the threat of pathogens like COVID-19 in buildings of mass gatherings, such as airports, offices, and restaurants.

The research aims include:

  • Developing a deep-learning method to segment areas of potential contamination.
  • Mapping potential contaminated surfaces in 3D to guide robotic disinfection.
  • Generating adaptive motion trajectories for complete and safe robotic disinfection.
  • Conducting simulations and experiments to validate the proposed robotic disinfection.

Read more about the research in “Could Robots Be the Mechanical Heroes of the Next Pandemic?