Robotics in Minimally Invasive Surgery: Planning, Training and Intervention

Dr. Andrew H. Gosline 
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering
Children's Hospital Boston
Harvard Medical School 

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Abstract: Robotic technology in medical practice has experienced vast progress in recent years.  The move to minimally invasive procedures that offer faster recovery times, minimized infection risk, and smaller incisions means that clinicians interact with tissues and deliver therapies using long, slender tools that both reduce the available visual information and interfere with accurate tactile perception at the surgical site.  Robotic technology has helped clinicians overcome these limitations in training and intervention scenarios.   

In this talk he will provide examples of how straightforward technological advances can have a positive effect in medical practice.  For example, the use of eddy current brakes in conjunction with DC motors can provide a hybrid haptic interface that is ideal for surgical simulation and training of physicians.   

Dr. Gosline received his B.Sc from Queen's University in Mechanical Engineering, his M.A.Sc from the University of British Columbia in Electrical Engineering, and his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from McGill University.  Prior to joining Children's Hospital Boston, he was a member of Immersion Corporation's research team, in Montreal, QC.  His research interests include medical robotics, haptics, applied control, simulation, virtual reality, and mechatronics.

November 13, 2012

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