Surgical robotics and human robot interaction

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Nov 14, 2013 (3 years and 8 months ago)

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Surgical robotics and human robot interaction

Dr. Juan Wachs

School of Industrial Engineering

Purdue University


Abstract

In this talk, I will discuss my current research in the area of surgical robotics and human
robot interaction. The talk will be focus

around a current project that I have at Purdue, in
which we developed the first m
ul
timodal robotic scrub nurse (
Gestonurse
)

for the
operating room (OR).
Gestonurse

assists the main surgeon by passing surgical
instruments; this releases the surgical techni
cian to perform other concurrent tasks. Such
a robotic system has the potential to reduce miscommunication and compensate for
surgical staff absences. A computer vision system was designed
for hand gesture
recognition,

and
open source software was used to
recognize
speech messages.
Experiments were conducted to test the system with speech and gesture modalities
separately and together and the average system times were compared. The effects of
modality training on task completion time were also studied and r
esults
are

presented.


Bio

Juan Wachs is an assistant professor at Purdue University in the
School of
I
ndustrial
Engineering
.
He is the director of the Intelligent Systems and Assistive Technologies Lab
(ISAT) at Purdue, and he is affiliated with the Regen
strief Center for Healthcare
Engineering.
He completed a postdoctoral training at the

Naval Postgraduate School’s
MOVES Institute

in the area of computer vision
, under a National Research Council
Fellowship from the National Academies of Sciences
. His rese
arch interests
include

machine and
computer vision, robotics, tele
operations, human
robot interaction
, assistive
technologies and health support systems.
His
work
led to the first in vivo implementation
of a hand gesture system for the manipulation of medi
cal images during surgery in 2006.
From
2000

to 2007
, he
was part
of a team of researchers working
in the
Vi
rtual Reality
and Telerobotics
Lab

at B
en
-
G
urion
U
niversity of the Negev
.
Juan

Wachs is a member
of IEEE and the Operation Research Society of Isra
el (ORSIS). He has
published
in
journals
including
IEEE Trans. Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Journal of American
Medical Informatics,

Communications of the ACM
,

and
the
Journal of
Robotic

Surgery
.

He has been a visiting professor at the Buenos Aires Unive
rsity, Argentina and lectured
in the Wi
nter School of Image Processing
.

He
received
his
B.Ed.Tech in Electrical
Education from the ORT Academic College in Jerusalem
, his

M.Sc and Ph.D in
Industri
al Engineering and Management,
Information Systems and Intell
igent Systems
tracks, respectively, from the Ben
-
Gurion University of the Negev.