Robotics Engineering Colloquium - Robotic Systems and Force Sensing for Medical Applications

Friday, February 17, 2017
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Floor/Room #: 
GP 1002

Berk Gonenc
Johns Hopkins University
RBE/ME Faculty Candidate 

Robotic Systems and Force Sensing for Medical Applications

Abstract: The rapidly growing and aging population, with rising rates of diabetes, obesity and cancer, has been one of the primary challenges for our healthcare system during the past decade. Despite the increasing demand for certain surgical procedures, the number of experts available in the field still remains limited. Due to insufficient training and challenges involved in clinical procedures, medical errors are currently the third-leading cause of death in the United States. In this talk, I will highlight two distinct routes that robotic platforms and force sensing technologies can help resolve this issue: (1) developing haptic simulators for medical training, and (2) developing robotic surgical systems for intra-operative assistance. I will talk about custom actuators using magnetorheological fluids and haptic interfaces for simulating soft tissue behavior, show examples of fiber-optics-based force-sensing surgical tools integrated with robotic platforms for assisting retinal microsurgery – specifically for epiretinal membrane peeling and retinal vein cannulation, and discuss potential future directions in this field.

Bio:   Berk Gonenc is a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University Vancouver in 2011 and joined the Advanced Medical Instrumentation and Robotics Research Laboratory in Johns Hopkins University. He received his M.S.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. His research is focused on developing haptic interfaces, smart actuators, sensitized instruments and robotic systems for medical applications.

Friday, February 17, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
60 Gateway Park, GP 1002