Designing Mobile Disinfection Robots

Designing Mobile Disinfection Robots

Contact: Alyssa Pierson, apierson@mit.edu
Project PI: Daniela Rus

We aim to develop mobile robotic solutions for disinfection and hands-free sterilization of high-traffic locations to decrease the risk of Covid-19 transmission. Our goal is to prototype a low-cost, easy to deploy solution that can support and adapt to complex environments, such as grocery stores, rooms with horizontal surfaces at different heights, and hospital rooms. One promising approach utilizes Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI), which is currently used in hospitals and static systems. We aim to improve over these existing systems by creating a mobile UVC robot that can navigate and adapt to new environments and guarantee consistent irradiation of the environment that meet the recommended disinfecting guidelines to reduce coronaviruses and other harmful microorganisms. Advancing this technology will create safer work environments for essential services, as well as reduce the risk of exposure to customers and patients. As a UROP, deliverables will include: new types of mobile UVC robot designs, feasibility analyses of various designs, and rapid deployment and testing of prototypes with our team at MIT. 

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