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A team at the Grainger College of Engineering at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC) developed the UVBot, an autonomous robot built from easily accessible objects and designed to neutralize and, ultimately, kill the virus that causes COVID-19.
In May 2020, HCESC Director T. Kesh Kesavadas reached out to Helen Nguyen, professor of civil and environmental engineering and leader of the Illinois PPE team in the Grainger College of Engineering, with an idea to create a low-cost robot for the sterilization of common areas. Nguyen suggested the addition of a UV light.
The Grainger College of Engineering at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Health Care Engineering Systems…