Our COVID-19 response: Designing smarter technology

Smart technology has already helped us in many ways during COVID-19, allowing us to stay connected while in isolation and helping many industries to adapt quickly to the impacts on their business models.

Our research projects

World-first trial to build COVID-safe construction industry

Dr Farnad Nasirzadeh and Industry Professor Tony Arnel, School of Architecture and Built Environment and Dr Chandan Karmakar, School of IT in the Faculty of Science Engineering and Built Environment completed a world-first trial using wearable personal temperature sensors to halt the spread of coronavirus at construction sites and are distributing the real-time devices more broadly in a bid to boost the COVID safe credentials of Australia’s $360 billion industry. The project was partly funded by insurance provider Incolink.

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People self-isolating with COVID-19 can now have their health watched over from afar, thanks to a hospital-monitored software system that gets smarter with each patient cared for. CovidCare, developed by Alfred Health and Deakin’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²), uses an intelligent decision-support system to remotely manage and triage patients with confirmed COVID-19, while they self-isolate at home.

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Cost-effective testing assays

Given the scale of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for reliable, scalable testing, and the likelihood of reagent shortages, especially in resource-poor settings, we’re developing a paper strip readout technology for COVID testing and result interpretation that doesn’t require sophisticated reagents and costly infrastructure. . This technology has been designed to work with assays recognised by the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). We anticipate that researchers in low resource or point-of-need settings could leverage our research findings to develop their cost-effective COVID assays, within whatever regulatory framework exists for them.

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Our researchers

The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²)

The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²) transforms industries and improves lives by implementing safe, effective uses of AI and exploring new frontiers in AI research. The Institute has a mission to build AI systems that are beneficial to our industries and society.

The Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF)

The Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF) delivers innovative research solutions to regional and rural communities by collaborating with industry, government, community and not-for-profit sectors. We also contribute to the design of smarter technologies to enhance regional and rural productivity.

The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

The Institute for Frontier Materials is a vibrant, multicultural research institute addressing material challenges in the energy, mining, environment, health, transport and manufacturing sectors.

Deakin's School of Engineering

Deakin's School of Engineering is a leader in engineering-focused research and committed to generating fundamental knowledge creation.

Live+Smart Lab at Deakin University

From dynamic systems modelling, pattern identification and dynamic scenario modelling to emergency response planning, biophilic designed home-work spaces and post COVID-19 liveability, the Live+Smart Lab is working across disciplines, connecting with industry partners and communities to develop tools and solutions at the intersection of humanity and technology

The Institute for Health Transformation

The Institute for Health Transformation creates transformational change in the design and delivery of care across the broad spectrum of health, disability, ageing and end of life care.

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