A prototype telepresence robot for use in the investigation of ebola and lassa virus threatened villages in Nigeria

Monk, Stephen and Jorgensen, E. and McCulloch, A. and Peacock, R. and Sangprachatanaruk, I and Azeta, J. and Bolu, C. A. and Taylor, C. James (2020) A prototype telepresence robot for use in the investigation of ebola and lassa virus threatened villages in Nigeria. In: 27th International Conference on Systems Engineering (ICSEng). Springer. (In Press)

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Abstract

The article investigates the idea of low-cost, telepresence-based mobile robots for eventual use within villages and rural areas in Nigeria, where diseases such as the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and Lassa Haemorrhagic Fever (LHF) are common, yet human intervention is constrained due to the great risk of transmission through bodily fluids. To illustrate the concept and practical issues arising, a systems design approach is taken to identify some of the engineering requirements; and, in the focus of this article, a prototype has been developed at Lancaster University. The robotic device is semi-humanoid in that the upper half features two 7-DOF manipulators, designed in part to resemble human operation, while the lower half consists of a four-wheeled base, prioritising ease of operation and reliability over the flexibility offered by a leg-based system.

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23 Sep 2020 14:35
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24 Oct 2020 08:13