Rutgers Robot Helps Environmental Researchers

If you walk into a newly painted room
you smell something. So what you’re smelling are compounds that come off the walls as the paint dries. And one of the things we’re trying to do with ExxonMobil and in general, is to use new technologies to better understand exposure, to contaminants in the environment, to people. We are trying to solve problems
that robots can augment and help humans and tasks which are dangerous. As he’s painting, all the tubes behind me lead to different analyzers outside of the
chamber and they will pick up some of these compounds. In particular volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Those compounds generally are not hazardous, but we need to understand do they increase what you’re being exposed to that might cause problems for some subsets of the population. So we can then give better guidance on how you minimize the exposure to people. We’re trying to utilize all resources at Rutgers between the collaboration of The Computer
Science Department here at The Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOSHI), exposure science with Cliff, and then
ExxonMobil. And do bring industry and academics together to further research.

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