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UVM Students Develop Robot that Protects you from Skin Cancer


Students from Campus Queretaro at the Universidad del Valle de México developed a robot able to monitor environmental variables and issue alerts for conditions such as levels of ultraviolet radiation, which is one of the main causes of skin cancer.

The mobile robot that the students presented in the Laureate Award for Excellence in Robotics Engineering competition held at the Universidad Europea in Madrid, Spain, is a robot that can move in gardens, squares, streets and avenues, sending alerts about ultraviolet radiation anticipating recommendations for the use of filters or sunscreens based on the measurement of solar radiation through its sensors.


Robot sensors

Doctor Eduardo de Jesus Garcia, Institutional Vice President of the Engineering School at UVM, and who accompanied the Campus Queretaro students on their journey to Madrid, Spain, said that the robot is connected to a server via the Internet, the robot moves via remote control, allowing the robot to monitor several places.

The environmental variables information that the robot collects is stored locally and sent via the Internet to the server, which in situations of no or little connectivity, avoids loss of information and transmits the data when communication is restored. Environmental conditions are available through the web site, or if the users download the app, they can receive alerts on their phone.

“The robot uses standard sensors that validate and gather actual and reliable information of environmental gases and ultraviolet rays; we plan to put the robot to work in a company that makes molten metal that produces polluting gases, so it can monitor and issue warnings in the work areas that exceed certain levels of contamination,” commented the students who developed the project.

The robot can also be used in museums, “the safeguarded pieces require much care, they need to be kept away of radiation and moisture; the robot can move in the museum, monitoring the different rooms and sending alerts in case there was a risk. We know that museums have sensors to measure the conditions of the rooms, the robot would interact and warn if there are different levels of radiation in the place”, said Dr. Garcia.

The Institutional Vice President of the School of Engineering in UVM added that the use of technology applied consistently across sectors, can contribute greatly not only on issues on the efficiency of processes, but also to the care of the environment and indirectly contribute to the people’s productivity, “undoubtedly this kind of development can help prevent health risk situations, anticipating such as the robot developed by the students of UVM Campus Queretaro, concentration of gases, solar radiation or other that could affect people’s work or the impairment of supplies and materials,” he said.


Climate Change

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), each year 2 million new cases are diagnosed around the world; in Mexico, skin cancer ranks first in incidence among males and the third among women. Therefore, for the health sector in our country, skin cancer is a priority.

“Climate change, the thinning of the ozone layer by pollutants are generating less filters from ultraviolet rays, contributing to skin exposure to ultraviolet light, which can cause skin cancer. The robot can alert the public to be covered with sunblock or sunscreen, which is a significant help,” concluded the Vice President of Engineering at UVM.

Laureate Award for Excellence in Robotics Engineering 2015/16

Calling out to undergraduate students studying to be robot engineers and scientists at universities part of the Laureate Universities Network.

Win $20,000 USD and a trip to attend the 2016 Laureate Leadership Summit in Chicago, Illinois in the third edition of the Laureate Award for Excellence in Robotics Engineering.

Under the theme “Laureate Rescue Robot”, undergraduate students at Laureate institutions are invited to participate in this international contest by developing an interactive robot which will find victims, determine their situation, state, and location and report findings and demonstrate capability to respond for emergencies.

We are now accepting applications for the Laureate Award for Excellence in Robotics Engineering. Be sure to apply before October 9th, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT. If you have any questions, contact your Local Laureate International Office or send it to contest@laureate.net.


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Universidad del Valle de Mexico

Universidad del Valle de México is an institution that, in a comprehensive manner, educates with a balance between the approaches scientific-technological and ethical-cultural, chords with social needs, the search for the truth and the common good; based on its institutional philosophy and its educational model.