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Developer(s)Imperial College London
Stable release / May 11, 2020 (2020-05-11)
Operating systemiOS, Android

DreamLab is a volunteer computing mobile Android and IOS app launched in 2015 by Imperial College London and the Vodafone Foundation.[1][2]


The app helps to research cancer and COVID-19 and find drugs. To do this, DreamLab accesses part of the device's processing power, with the user's consent, while the owner is charging their smartphone, to speed up the calculations of the AI algorithm from the ICL (Imperial College London) research laboratory.[3][1][4]

The aim is to find existing drugs and food molecules that could help people with COVID-19. The performance of 100,000 smartphones would reach the annual output of all research computers at Imperial College in just three months with a nightly runtime of six hours.[4][5]

The app was developed in 2015 by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney and the Vodafone Foundation.[6][7]

As of May 2020, the project had 490,000 registered users.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "New COVID-19 project will use the power of smartphones to search for treatments | Imperial News | Imperial College London". Imperial News. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  2. ^ "DreamLab". Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  3. ^ "Corona-KI". www.vodafone.com. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  4. ^ a b "Mobile app 'finds anti-cancer molecules in food'". BBC News. 2019-07-10. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  5. ^ "Leave your smartphone on overnight find ways to fight Covid-19". Evening Standard. 2020-04-08. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  6. ^ "Wirtschaft, Handel & Finanzen: App lässt Smartphones nachts für Corona-Forschung arbeiten". www.handelsblatt.com (in German). Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  7. ^ "DreamLab". Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Retrieved 2020-05-07.