Researchers add AI to affordable water testing system

Monday, June 3, 2019

Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have combined new artificial intelligence (AI) software with low-cost testing tools to enable communities in the developing world to routinely monitor water quality.

The technology builds on work previously done by Sushanta Mitra, an engineering professor who heads the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, and post-doctoral fellow Naga Siva Kumar Gunda on inexpensive kits to test for potentially deadly E. coli bacteria.

“We brought two disciplines together,” says Mitra. “One is biochemistry and the other is a mathematical tool, a convolutional neural network.”

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Naga Siva Kumar Gunda, left, and Sushanta Mitra, fourth from right, pose for a group photo during field trials of their water testing technology in rural India.

Naga Siva Kumar Gunda, left, and Sushanta Mitra, fourth from right, pose for a group photo during field trials of their water testing technology in rural India.

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