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2021-03-24

New highlights in diplomacy, Taiwan and India teamed up to develop Smart Pandemic Prevention System against the Covid-19 crisis

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Since the beginning of last year, the new coronavirus has waved its power over people, causing many deaths and having a great deal of living affected globally. At the moment, not only is there no sign to its abatement, worse, another wave of disease outbreaks has just again swiped the land of people in India and other countries, making the situation even more unpredictable. However, while all parts of the world are suffering from the pandemic, the Taiwan-India Joint Research Center on Artificial Intelligence at Chung Cheng University (CCU), and Sri Ramaswamy Memorial Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST) have already crossed the borders, at their fastest pace to jointly develop the AI prevention system in combating the infectious disease, have the system built and practically implemented in SRMIST and its affiliated hospitals to effectively track down the potential threats and safeguard everyone within their facilities.

With the facilitation from the Science and Technology Division from Taipei Economic and Cultural Center (TECC) in India, and the Taiwan Education Center in India, the CCU Taiwan-India Joint Research Center on AI decided to join hands with SRMIST to fight for the forefront pandemic prevention. And on the 24th of March, the Taiwan-India Smart Pandemic Prevention System was officially launched via a videoconference as a result of that decision. The CCU Taiwan-India Joint Research Center on AI stated that this transnational cooperation is of great significance to the bilateral development of key forward-looking technologies between Taiwan and India. Such a cooperation not only echoes the slogan of \"Taiwan Can Help\", it also helps deepen the partnership of the two parties.

The Taiwan-India Smart Pandemic Prevention System has three major features including automatic thermal body temperature monitoring, facial recognition and real-time social contact analysis. So far, the system has been successfully tested in SRMIST and its affiliated hospitals. In terms of the automatic body temperature monitoring technology, in addition to the use of the latest thermal cameras, the Taiwan-India research team also upgraded the software to improve its accuracy when taking body temperature. CCU Taiwan-India Joint Research Center on AI pointed out that this technology can reduce the request for manpower at each screening station, avoiding the health risks raised during the process in manual operation. And aiming at the oriental facial features, the team has also optimized the deep neural network in the facial recognition system to enhance its performance with an accuracy rate up to 98%.

Besides, the Smart Pandemic Prevention System developed by the team has applied the terminal artificial intelligence technology with an off-line dataset to tackle the problem in association with privacy. According to the CCU Taiwan-India Joint Research Center on AI, through the information collected at the screening stations, the system can rapidly and accurately analyze and make a record for the trace of social contact of a person whomever has been detected by the system in the university or the hospitals, without the request for mobile phone in the process.

CCU Taiwan-India Joint Research Center on AI disclosed that, in the videoconference, Dr. Mu-min Chen, TECC deputy representative; Dr. Chin-Tsan Wang, director of TECC’s Science and Technology Division; Chadaram Sivaji, director of International Bilateral Cooperation Division under India’s Department of Science and Technology; Dr. C. Muthamizchelvan, Vice Chancellor (Interim) of SRMIST; and Dr. A. Ravi Kumar, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Medical and Health Science) of SRMIST Lt. Col. were all specially invited to witness the results presentation of the Smart Pandemic Prevention System. It is expected that in the future, the teachers and students of CCU and SRMIST will continue to work together and more, to roll out the applications of this technology onto all works of life, for instance, to activate the pandemic prevention and safety control for people in all public areas.

Release Time  /  2021-03-24

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