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Fighting Dengue Fever with Aerial Drones

About the project
Our goal is to detect breeding places using drones. The detection of the breeding places will happen in two steps. First, the drones will identify areas that need to be more closely investigated at around 300m heights. In the second step, drones visit the waypoints. When coming to a potential breeding place, the task of the drone is to identify if the water indeed is a potential breeding place and whether or not it contains mosquito larvae. The project is expected to investigate a number of potential solutions to this problem. Once a breeding place with mosquito larvae is detected, the public health authorities and building owners will be informed to ensure removal.

Dengue and Zika are two arboviral viruses that affect a significant portion of the world population. In Sri Lanka alone, the number of dengue cases has been substantial in recent years with more than 150000 cases and 440 deaths of dengue reported in 2017. While there is no direct correlation between the income level of the people and the possibility of being infected by the dengue virus, the economic impact on the poor is much larger, despite that free healthcare is available in Sri Lanka. The principal vector species of both Dengue and Zika viruses are the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. They breed in very slow-flowing or standing water pools. It is important to reduce and control such potential breeding grounds to contain the spread of these diseases.

Crossdisciplinary collaboration
The researchers in the team represent the Information Science and Engineering at KTH and the Connected Intelligence Unit at RISE Research Institute of Sweden.

The project cooperates with Kasun De Zoysa, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Thiemo Voigt

Professor, Connected Intelligence Unit at RISE, PI of research project Fighting Dengue Fever with Aerial Drones, Co-supervisor for postdoc project Foreignness as a conceptual framework for interaction design at Digital Futures

+46 10 228 43 48
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Kasun De Zoysa

Senior Lecturer, School of Computing at University of Colombo

+94 11 2589123
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Markus Flierl

Associate Professor at KTH, Co-PI of research project Fighting Dengue Fever with Aerial Drones

+46 8 790 74 25