A team of engineers and researchers from the Intel Guadalajara Design Center (GDC) have developed a method for detecting COVID 19 through the analysis of cough sound in patients with this respiratory disease.
The development of this solution It lasted an entire year and was directed by Carlos Alberto Galindo Meza, Electrical Validation Engineer at the GDC, from his master’s project at ITESO University.
The GDC engineering team involved in this project based on academic research from the University of Cambridge in 2021which identified whether a person had COVID through sounds from an auditory database.
Preliminary results from the English university show that it was possible to correctly identify, with more than 69% efficiency, when a person has COVID 19.
Like the original Cambridge model, the Mexican engineering team used deep learning to improve disease detection and thus make the method more accurate.
With these modifications to the original research, the Mexican team performed better than the first installmentgreatly improving upon the original University of Cambridge project.
The first results of this research They were presented in an academic article at the beginning of 2021 and the case was presented at various renowned scientific congresses, such as IEEE Latin American Conference on Computational Intelligence in its 2021 edition held in Temuco, Chile, where a classification methodology for different types of breathing was presented.
As well as the IEEE EMBS International Student Competition where He presented the methodology for detecting COVID by breathing and coughing, where he obtained first place in the postdoctoral category.
The importance of having new COVID detection methods
In Mexico alone, more than 16.5 million COVID tests have been carried out through 2022, below countries like Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Colombia, according to data from Statista, and to date, there are 97 million people vaccinated. against COVID-19 in Mexico with at least one dose, and only 62% have been fully vaccinated according to official data.
However, even when sanitary measures have decreased around the world, It is always extremely important to have the ability to identify the different respiratory diseases.
Improve this type of tools in the health sector it can make the difference between detecting a disease at an early stage, and therefore having a better cure rate, than late detection which can have disastrous consequences.
With the help of this type of technology, doctors will be able to make better diagnoses and will be able to differentiate between other types of respiratory diseases. There’s even the option of remote diagnosis with just a recording of your own breathing.
The results obtained in this project are proof that Mexico has the talent to develop international research in the biomedical field and take it to another level thanks to Intel technology.