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Robotics Colloquium Series Presents: Dr. Pierre Dupont | Building Medical Robots and Devices inside a Hospital


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Robotics Engineering - WPI
Friday, November 15, 2019
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Floor/Room #: 
Room 1002



Dr. Pierre E. Dupont

Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Building Medical Robots and Devices inside a Hospital


Friday, November 15, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Gateway Park 60 Prescott St.| Rm. 1002

Abstract: My lab tries hard to address real clinical needs in creative ways. Sometimes we succeed and sometimes we just have fun. This talk will describe three of our projects. The first involves the creation of airway stents and robotic balloon catheters. The airway stents are to treat children and adults with tracheobronchomalacia. The robotic balloon catheters are just for fun. The second project consists of a class of robot implants designed to apply traction forces over a period of weeks inside the body so as to induce the regeneration of soft tissues. Applications include lengthening the esophagus and bowel for the treatment of congenital defects and disease. The third project targets beating-heart valve repair and explains how endoscopy can be used inside the blood-filled heart to perform autonomous catheter navigation.

Bio:  Pierre E. Dupont is Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering and holder of the Edward P. Marram Chair at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is also a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. His research group develops robotic instrumentation and imaging technology for medical applications. He received the BS, MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA. After graduation, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. He subsequently moved to Boston University, Boston, MA, USA where he was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. He is an IEEE Fellow, a Senior Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and a member of the Advisory Board for Science Robotics.

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