Risk EvaLuatIon fAst iNtelligent Tool (RELIANT) for COVID19

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: School of Engineering


This project brings together unique expertise in Computational and Experimental Fluid Dynamics, Model Reduction and Artificial Intelligence, to identify solutions for the management of people and spaces in the current pandemic and post lockdown.
A new interactive tool is proposed that evaluates the risk of infection in the indoor environment from droplets and aerosols generated when breathing, talking, coughing and sneezing. This capability will become more critical as winter approaches and building ventilation will need to be limited for comfort considerations. The fluid dynamic behaviour of droplets and aerosols, the effect of using face masks as well as other parameters such as room volume, ventilation and number of occupants are considered. A datahub capable of storing, curating and managing heterogeneous data from sources internal and external to the project will be created. A synergetic experimental and numerical approach will be undertaken. These will complement the existing literature and data from other EPSRC-funded projects providing suitable datasets with adequate resolution in time and space for all the relevant features. To support experiments and numerical simulations, reduced order models capable of interpolating and extrapolating the scenarios collected in the database will be used. This will permit the estimation of droplet and aerosol concentrations and distributions in unknown scenarios at low-computational cost, in near real-time. A state-of-the-art AI-based framework, incorporating descriptive, predictive and prescriptive techniques will extract the knowledge from the data and drive the decision-making process and provide in near real-time the assessment of risk levels.
Description Science on the Sofa: Structures, Airplanes and COVID19 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Launched in 2007, Glasgow Science Festival (GSF) has grown to be one of the largest science festivals in the UK. GSF takes memorable events to non-traditional venues across the city where we engage with up to 60,000 people, from all ages and backgrounds, through the June festival and tens of thousands more through our community projects.

The principal aim is to showcase the outstanding contribution Glasgow and Glasgow based researchers make to the worlds of science, technology, engineering, art, maths and social science (STEAM). We do this by developing content with researchers and by working with partners to produce a varied programme of activity featuring high quality events and innovative delivery styles. GSF combines a light hearted tone with seriousness of purpose, exploring STEAM and the social and ethical issues surrounding these subjects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk