UST-engineered telepresence robot ‘LISA’ improves frontliner protection with new disinfection function

University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Engineering mentor Engr. Anthony James Bautista, Ph.D., is now developing an improved hospital assistance robot with bacterial and viral disinfection functionalities in addition to its telepresence features.


The first version of the Logistic Indoor Service Assistant (LISA) robot first garnered attention in April 2020 for aiding frontliners with physically distanced communication between a COVID-19 patient and the medical staff. Equipped with a smart tablet mounted on a mobile base that can be controlled remotely from five to ten meters away, LISA enables communication via internet-based platforms such as Skype, Viber or Facetime. It also has a compartment box that allows delivery of medicines to conscious and stable patients.

Now in the process of creating its third version, the LISA robot is developed through funding by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) in partnership with Thomasian cardiologist Dr. Rodrigo C. Santos of the Pasig Doctors Medical Center.

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