Engineers are problem solvers. At UCLA, we have not shied away from challenges presented by COVID. Our computer scientists and engineers have been collaborating with colleagues at the David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Health to develop urgently needed personal protective equipment, cutting-edge testing methods, predictive models adopted by the CDC, and vaccine boosters. And there are numerous creative efforts by students and alumni as well.
Following are highlights of UCLA Samueli COVID-related research projects and press coverage:
UCLA Computer Scientist Unwraps Myth of Conspiracy Theory
At a time when misinformation spreads unchecked in an echo chamber of social media, UCLA Samueli School of Engineering Computer Science Prof. Vwani Roychowdhury unpacks conspiracy theories on Spectrum News 1 SoCal
UCLA Research Shows Cold Plasma Can Kill Coronavirus on Common Surfaces in Seconds
UCLA engineers and scientists have demonstrated that treatments with near-room-temperature, cold atmospheric plasma can kill the coronavirus present on a variety of surfaces in as little as 30 seconds.
UCLA Scientists Pioneer Faster and Cheaper COVID-19 Testing Technology
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for scientists at UCLA Health to begin using a new method of COVID-19 detection using sequencing technology called SwabSeq.
Common Antioxidant Enzyme May Provide Potential Treatment for COVID-19
Researchers from UCLA and China have found that catalase, a naturally occurring enzyme, holds potential as a low-cost therapeutic drug to treat COVID-19 symptoms and suppress the replication of coronavirus inside the body.
UCLA Launches New COVID-19 Hospital Resources-Projection Model
Researchers at UCLA have developed a web-app to help hospitals better predict needed resources for patients infected with the coronavirus.
Mechanical Engineering Alum is Sudsing His Way to Success
“I should have started my own business years ago,” said Mike Raymond (’07), a mechanical engineering alum who spent more than a decade in management consulting and corporate development before starting Color Clean Soap earlier this year.
UCLA Researchers Say Physical-Distancing Measures, if Relaxed Too Soon, Might be All for Naught
If physical-distancing measures in the United States are relaxed while there is still no COVID-19 vaccine or treatment and when personal protective equipment remains in short supply, the number of resulting infections could be about the same as if distancing had never been implemented to begin with, according to a UCLA-led team of mathematicians and scientists.
How Conspiracy Theories Emerge – And How Their Storylines Fall Apart
UCLA research uses artificial intelligence to analyze differences between a true story and a completely fabricated one.
Team to develop breathalyzer-like diagnostic test for COVID-19
A research team led by Pirouz Kavehpour, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, is developing an inexpensive and fast breathalyzer-like diagnostic tool to test for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Artificial Intelligence Separates Conspiracy Theory From Conspiracy Fact | Spectrum News 1 | 12.23.2020
Anatomy of a Vaccine | UCLA Newsroom | 11.20.2020
UCLA gets FDA authorization for coronavirus testing tech that can simultaneously process thousands of samples | KTLA News | 10.8.2020
UCLA Health scientists pioneer faster, cheaper COVID-19 testing technology | Science Megazine | 10.8.2020
UCLA’s new $10 COVID test can process thousands of results in a day | Fox News | 10.7.2020
Naturally occurring enzyme holds potential as low-cost therapeutic to treat COVID-19 | Medical Life Science News | 9.29.2020
Common antioxidant enzyme may provide potential treatment for COVID-19 | Phys Org | 9.29.2020
Models used to predict how coronavirus will spread in San Diego County, statewide | CBS 8 News | 8.11.2020
UCLA professor receives grant to develop coronavirus vaccine booster | Daily Bruin | 8.3.2020
UCLA Engineering Dean Leading Efforts to Address Shortage of PPP, Other Medical Supplies | India-West | 5.28.2020
UCLA researchers develop Breathalyzer-like diagnostic tool to test for COVID-19 | KTLA News | 5.26.2020
UCLA Professor Leading Team to Develop Breathalyzer-Like Tool for Rapid COVID-19 Test | NBC Los Angeles News | 5.23.2020
UCLA team compiles coronavirus-related data, creates statistical modeling tool | Daily Bruin | 5.22.2020
Team to develop breathalyzer-like diagnostic test for COVID-19 | Science Blog | 5.21.2020
UCLA Scientists Say They Have Developed More Accurate COVID-19 Test | NBC Los Angeles News | 5.12.2020
California Set the Tone on Coronavirus Shutdowns. What’s Its Next Move? | The New York Times | 4.14.2020
COBOL, a 60-year-old computer language, is in the COVID-19 spotlight | Fast Company | 4.10.2020
With diving gear and plumbing supplies, California labs fashion Covid-19 masks and ventilators | STAT News | 4.9.2020
“Like a sneeze guard at the salad bar.” | Inverse | 4.7.2020
Inventors Are Whipping Up Homemade Ventilators to Fend Off a Shortage. Some Doctors Are Wary | Time | 4.6.2020
Grad Student Builds Ventilator Using Home Depot Supplies | NBC News | 3.31.2020
Column: If Trump alone can fix our coronavirus crisis, then why the hell hasn’t he? | Los Angeles Times | 3.29.2020
Coronavirus: UCLA Engineers Developing Surgical Face Shields For Area Hospitals | KCAL CBS Los Angeles News | 3.26.2020
UCLA engineers using 3-D printing in race to get coronavirus face shields to hospitals | Daily News | 3.26.2020