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Applications of Robotics, AI, and Digital Technologies during COVID-19: A Review

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  • Zhuo Zhao
  • Yangmyung Ma
  • Adeel Mushtaq
  • Abdul M.Azam Rajper
  • Mahmoud Shehab
  • Annabel Heybourne
  • Wenzhan Song
  • Hongliang Ren
  • Zion Tsz Ho Tse


Publication details

JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
DateAccepted/In press - 2021
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 8 Jan 2021
Number of pages11
Early online date8/01/21
Original languageEnglish


Many countries have enacted a quick response to the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic by utilizing existing technologies. For example, robotics, artificial intelligence, and digital technology have been deployed in hospitals and public areas for maintaining social distancing, reducing person-to-person contact, enabling rapid diagnosis, tracking virus spread, and providing sanitation. In this paper, 163 news articles and scientific reports on COVID-19-related technology adoption were screened, shortlisted, categorized by application scenario, and reviewed for functionality. Technologies related to robots, artificial intelligence, and digital technology were selected from the pool of candidates, yielding a total of 50 applications for review. Each case was analyzed for its engineering characteristics and potential impact on the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, challenges and future directions regarding the response to this pandemic and future pandemics were summarized and discussed.

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© Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc. and Cambridge University Press 2021.

    Research areas

  • artificial intelligence, Coronavirus, COVID-19, digital technologies, robotics

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