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RBE Colloquium Series: Dr. Ryosuke Tsumura, WPI | Be Free from Limitations with Robotics Technology


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WPI Robotics Engineering
Friday, March 26, 2021
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Dr. Ryosuke Tsumura

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Be Free from Limitations with Robotics Technology

Friday, March 26, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Abstract: Ultrasound (US) imaging provides offers with its advantage of real-time imaging, low cost, safety, and portability compared to other medical imaging modalities such as computed-tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The US imaging is widely utilized to help a physician evaluate, diagnose and treat medical conditions. However, the US imaging is highly operator-dependent. In order to obtain high quality and diagnosable images, the physician is required to perform a sophiscated adjustment of the US probe’s position and contact force. Especially, it is more challenging to conduct the operation together with another operation simultaneously or under situations that the substantial physical contact between the patient and physician is risky. My works addressed those limitations of the US imaging with robot technologies. As my main achievements in WPI, I will introduce three research topics: 1) ring-arrayed US imaging for simple and intuitive needle guidance, 2) mirror-integrated 3D US imaging for prostate cancer intervention and 3) tele-operative low-cost robotic lung ultrasound platform for COVID-19 patients. I will close with thoughts for postdoc and next academic careers.

Bio: Ryosuke obtained his BS, MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from Waseda University in Japan,  supervised by Prof. Hiroyasu Iwata. During his doctoral studies, he was a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University, working with Prof. Iulian Iordachita. Following his graduate research, he has trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the Medical Fusion Lab led by Prof. Haichong Kai Zhang in the Departments of Robotics Engineering/Biomedical Engineering at WPI from May, 2019. He will work as the independent research scientist (tenure-track) in the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan from this April.


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