Professor Fischer develops surgical robotics, including MRI-compatible robotic devices for enhancing cancer diagnosis, add intelligent automation to telesurgery, and develop assistive robotics, including socially assistive robots and wearable physically assistive robot exoskeletons. Examples of his work include enhancing the diagnosis of prostate cancer and neurosurgery robots for treating brain cancer; adding intelligent automation telesurgery; assistive robotics including socially assistive robots, soft wearable upper limb orthoses, and lower limb exoskeletons. He is spearheading an effort to develop and share designs for creating low-cost ventilators for those with COVID-19.
NASA Tech Briefs included the WPI YouTube video, “Advancing Medical Robots at WPI” and noted, separately, how in 2015, Greg Fischer, professor of robotics engineering and mechanical engineering, along with fellow researchers built a robot that finds its way through a patient to potentially dangerous tissue, using real-time images from an MRI as a navigational guide.
The New York Times article highlights some of Prof. Greg Fischer’s work. “Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are developing ways for machines to carefully guide surgeons’ hands as they perform particular tasks.”