By Gavin Gibbon
Citizen Science is made up of researchers, scientists and engineers
A group of 20 researchers, scientists and engineers have formed a Covid-19 response team to produce vital medical equipment for healthcare workers battling the deadly virus.
Citizen Science is an initiative by the Abu Dhabi-based Technology Innovation Institute, aimed at addressing the need for more specialised equipment, data-driven insights and relevant technologies.
The group has already successfully assembled their first ventilator prototype, which is now undergoing internal tests before being sent for external testing and verification.
Dr. Teneiji said: “Citizen Science has banded together to bring new solutions to the operating table. At this unprecedented time, we are here to act and provide collectively for those who are giving everything for us.
“We must all be able to look back at this phase of human history and say without doubt that we did everything we could.”
Among the technologies being produced are new ventilator prototypes for mass production; using artificial intelligence (AI)-powered chest x-ray machines; 3D printed medical equipment parts; innovative new sterilisation procedures for personal protective equipment (PPE) and for large-scale public spaces; and optimising existing ventilators to support more than three patients at a time.
Dr. Al Teneiji added: “This disease does not discriminate, know boundaries or care about humanity. We cannot fight it with rhetoric or resolve. We must act. Simply, innovating new ways of producing and supplying our frontliners and patients with more efficient medical equipment could be the difference between life and death for many thousands of people.”
Citizen Science is currently calling on all UAE-based businesses, manufacturers, distributors, engineers and the wider scientific community to donate equipment, resources, raw materials, knowledge transfer, to the cause.
The full list of required critical equipment, including 3D printers, laser cutters, valves, UV-type C bulbs, fans, pet sheets, UV light sensors can be found on the Citizen Science website, here.