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Robotics Engineering Colloquium Series: Dr. Yihao Zheng | Biomedical Manufacturing Innovation and Robotic Implementation


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Friday, September 04, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Robotics Engineering Colloquium Series

Dr. Yihao Zheng

Mechanical Engineering, WPI

Biomedical Manufacturing Innovation and Robotic Implementation

Friday, September 4, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Abstract: Biomedical manufacturing applies manufacturing science and technology to safety, quality, efficiency, and economy in healthcare service and research based on a hospital-factory analogy.  Biomedical manufacturing investigates biological material (workpiece) properties, models surgical procedures (manufacturing processes), guides medical device (machine tool) design, and establishes clinical manufacturing systems.  To demonstrate how biomedical manufacturing tackles unmet clinical needs and drives healthcare innovation, my research in two clinical procedures, atherectomy and thrombectomy, are presented in this talk.  Atherectomy via a catheter utilizes a high-speed (120,000-210,000 rpm) diamond abrasive wheel to grind calcified plaque inside arteries to open a vessel blockage, restore blood flow, and treat cardiovascular diseases, the number one cause of death in the world.  Thrombectomy cuts and removes blood clots from cerebral arteries by a suction catheter with a rotary cutter inside to treat stroke, the leading cause of long-term disability in the US.  My existing investigation results and potential robotic implementations of these procedures will be presented.  I conclude this presentation by showcasing more projects in my current and future research, summarizing a three-theme research framework, and emphasizing the transdisciplinary collaboration.

Bio: Yihao Zheng joined the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2019 as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering.  He is affiliated with the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Robotics Engineering.  Before joining WPI, he worked as a Research Investigator in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan (UM). At the same time, he also was a Research Assistant at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UM in 2016. His research focuses on advanced manufacturing and medical innovation. He applies manufacturing science and technology to tackle unmet clinical needs and enhance healthcare. He has collaborated with UMASS Medical School, Mayo Clinics, UM Medical School, VA Ann Arbor Health System, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Saint Vincent Hospital, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as well as medical device companies including Boston Scientific, Cardiovascular Systems Inc., Endovascular Engineering, and Calcium Solutions.  His research has been funded by NSF, NIH, VA, Coulter Translational Research Partnership, UMMS, UM McKay award, and medical device companies.

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