Medical Robots for Infectious Diseases: Lessons and Challenges from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Antonio Di Lallo, Robin Murphy, Axel Krieger, Junxi Zhu, Russell H. Taylor, Hao Su

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Medical robots can play an important role in mitigating the spread of infectious diseases and delivering quality care to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods and procedures involving medical robots in the continuum of care, ranging from disease prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and home care, have been extensively deployed and also present incredible opportunities for future development. This article provides an overview of the current state of the art, highlighting the enabling technologies and unmet needs for prospective technological advances within the next five to 10 years. We also identify key research and knowledge barriers that need to be addressed in developing effective and flexible solutions to ensure preparedness for rapid and scalable deployment to combat infectious diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9335006
Pages (from-to)18-27
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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