UPN Students Design a Robot That Can Detect People Without Face Masks

A team of electronic engineering students from UPN has designed a remote-controlled robot prototype that can recognize people not wearing face masks, and collect disused masks from the ground using its robotic arm.

The students created the prototype to monitor and safeguard hygiene security measures in public spaces with large crowds of people. 

It is anticipated that the robot will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 – not only by identifying people who are not wearing face masks (and reiterating a message on the importance of protection), but also recognizing public areas contaminated with disused masks, therefore reducing the risk of infection among cleaners.

The robot design took three months to complete, with the students working across applied robotics, artificial intelligence, and the concept behind the Internet of Things (IoT). 

The team’s design won first place in a national competition that rewards young Peruvians for their social innovation projects that use sustainable technology. 

The project is undergoing registration with the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property.

The students hope to test the robot prototype at UPN when face-to-face classes resume, and then carry out a formal pilot in health centers.

We congratulate the student team of Johnny Quiliche, Jorge Vicuña, Juan Gargate and Fabián Yarleque for using their education and skills to respond to the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and helping make the world a better place.