A Low-cost Network of Cloud Connected Ovitraps
Organization: Johns Hopkins University Center for Bio-engineering, Innovation, and Design
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Problem: Currently, mosquito surveillance efforts are neither timely nor dynamic. Most mosquito surveillance requires sending an experienced technician to field sites to collect mosquito larvae, set out new adult mosquito traps and bring samples back to be identified and counted in the lab. Mosquito traps are typically only checked weekly and, as a result, mosquito population growth data are not immediately available and are time and human-resource intensive to collect.
Solution: VectorWEB is a novel low-cost, cloud connected system of smart ovitraps that will provide real-time mosquito surveillance data to health administrators, communities and individuals. This proposed mosquito surveillance allows for outbreak modeling, targeted resource allocation/redirection and community-driven interventions. VectorWEB’s real-time surveillance information will give public health professionals the tools to develop targeted interventions and provide individuals key information to better understand their risk, which is a major driver of protective behavior. VectorWEB will also allow health systems to leapfrog critical gaps in current methods. Eventually, VectorWEB data may be combined with data on local suspected infections to better understand the infectious disease dynamics of Zika virus outbreaks.
Soumyadipta Acharya – Johns Hopkins University; University of Akron; University of Calcutta
"As a Biomedical Engineer, Physician, Inventor- I love the opportunity to develop new ideas that can potentially disrupt the status quo of things- especially in Healthcare. We believe the vectorWEB concept is one such disruptive idea that can help leapfrog mosquito surveillance and control programs globally"
Al Patterson – MSE in Bioengineering Innovation and Design, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
"I believe that improving the human condition relies on creative approaches developed by diverse groups of people. I am motivated by the opportunity to help solve critical problems and the chance to meet others working on these problems."
Ramji Rengarajan – MSE in Bioengineering Innovation and Design, Johns Hopkins University, M.Des. in Product Design, National Institute of Design (India); B.S. in Production Engineering, Anna University (India)
"As a product designer, I always have the passion and motivation to create impactful innovations by employing human centered design and public health interventions have tremendous scope to apply user centric design methodology during various stages of innovation."
Meg Glancey – MSPH in Global Health/ID Epi, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; B.S. in Biology, Villanova University
"My biggest motivator is loving infectious disease prevention and people and having the opportunity to be a part of a project that combined both in a dynamic and exciting way."
Kimber Ashman – MSE in Bioengineering Innovation and Design, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
"I'm motivated by the chance to transform an idea into reality, combining creativity with engineering process, to dramatically reduce the bottleneck in vector surveillance."