COVID19 Robot “CMU Aiyara” Serving Patients

30 April 2020

Corporate Communication and Alumni Relations Center (CCARC)

CMU’s President Clinical Professor Niwes Nantachit, M.D., on behalf of Professor Emeritus Kasem Wattanachai, Member of Privy Council, Chairperson of Chiang Mai University Council, visited CMU’s Hospital Emergency Room to view a prototype Nursing Assistant Robot named “CMU Aiyara” on April 24, 2020.

This robot is one various projects for developing medical devices for COVID19, a collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Engineering. Professor Bannakit Lojanapiwat M.D., Dean, Faculty of Medicine, provided a welcome speech and Assistant Professor Dr. Nat Worrayos, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, provided the background of the project.

Assistant Professor Dr. Yosthana Kunathorn, Department of Mechanical Engineering presented the ERC (Trapping Disease Room) that uses ventilated air to eliminate disease (Negative Pressure Room). Associate Professor Dr. Theerapong Wongratanapaisal, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Professor Dr. Sirianong, M.D., Namwongprom, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Medicine, co – lectured on “CMU Aiyara” robot that can deliver food and drugs to patients, measure their temperature and assess their symptom. It can move at 3 – 4 kilometers / hr. and is remotely controlled.

Assistant Professor Dr. Chatchawal Chaichana, and Associate Professor Dr. Kollayuth Panyawutto, Department of Mechanical Engineering, presented on special beds that are used for moving patients, negative pressure nets for trapping disease from patients’ beds and a swab cabinet that holds samples of patients who might have the disease. These 3 medical devices have air ventilating boxes that eliminate the disease from the air by UV (ultra violet) light and are filtered by a HEPA filter, increasing the safety for medical staff and reducing the risk of spreading the disease.

At the end of this activity, the Faculty of Engineering Alumni presented negative pressure beds for moving patients with in the hospital and CMU’s President ended with an appreciative thankful speech.