Three UC3M COVID-19 research projects receive funding from the Community of Madrid

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has received 4,859,000 euros from the Community of Madrid to fund three COVID-19 research projects. The selected projects are Ambulate-CM, IntCARE-CM-IP and PredCov-IP.

Ambulate-CM, a project to improve the management of the ambulance service

During the pandemic, the emergency services faced an excess of requests for their services. In particular, the ambulance service was overloaded with requests which led to an unprecedented deterioration in response times. This had an impact, not only on the management of ambulances for transporting COVID-19 patients, but also on the transfer of patients with other serious and urgent conditions.

"The general objective of the Ambulate-CM multidisciplinary project is to design an advanced, sustainable and dynamic solution for managing the ambulance service in pandemic situations", explains Beatriz López Boada, from UC3M’s Mechanical Engineering Department. This multidisciplinary project - in which engineering, social science, statistics and business administration researchers participate - seeks new strategies and protocols to achieve an agile and efficient response from ambulances which guarantees prompt and adequate care of patient transfers.

State-of-the-art home care with IntCARE-CM-IP

As well as the increased demand for ambulances, another obvious consequence of the pandemic has been the pressure on the hospital system. The IntCARE-CM-IP project focuses on the technological and biomedical field in order to care for patients outside the hospital and provide them with quality care at home. The aim is to develop a comprehensive care and home care system for the early identification and monitoring of patients through the use of artificial intelligence, automatic fitness monitoring technologies and care robots, among others.

"With the help of technology, we want to provide patients with quality healthcare at home", says Antonio Artés Rodríguez, from UC3M’s Signal and Communications Theory Department. This project deals with five research projects that aim to study new ways of linking technology to a more effective treatment of different types of patients, primarily infectious patients, cancer patients, patients with mental health problems and those with cognitive impairment.

PredCov-IP a system for predicting the spread of viruses

The aim of the PredCov-IP project is to develop a system which allows different information sources to be combined in order to model future scenarios for the spread of COVID-19, or other similar contagious diseases. "This involves the development of innovative performance methodologies in the field of data analytics. In addition, a comprehensive approach will be taken which combines epidemiological, social, economic and media analysis aspects", says David Expósito Singh, from UC3M’s IT Department. PredCov-IP will make it possible to monitor viruses and assess the effectiveness of the political or social action taken to mitigate the effects of pandemics.

The Community of Madrid has signed 12 collaboration agreements with the region’s six public universities and six IMDEA (Madrid Institutes for Advanced Studies) foundations, through which it will invest 49 million euros in 26 major studies for research into the SARS-COV-2 virus and the COVID-19 disease. This aid comes from the REACT-EU resources of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), funded as part of the European Union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes the purchase of the necessary equipment to expand the capabilities of the working groups and promote the modernisation of laboratories.



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