Maryland Robotics Center Seminar: Russell Taylor, Microsurgery Assistant System for Retinal Surgery
Friday, May 14, 2010
1146 A.V. Williams Building
301 405 7011
Maryland Robotics Center Seminar
Microsurgery Assistant System for Retinal Surgery
Russell H. Taylor
The Johns Hopkins University
This talk will discuss ongoing NIH-funded research at Johns Hopkins University and Carnegie-Mellon University to develop technology and systems addressing fundamental limitations in current microsurgical practice, using vitreoretinal surgery as our focus. Vitreoretinal surgery is the most technically demanding ophthalmologic discipline and addresses prevalent sight-threatening conditions in areas of growing need. At the center of our planned approach is a surgical workstation system interfaced to a stereo visualization subsystem and a family of novel sensors, instruments, and robotic devices. The capabilities of these components individually address important limitations of current practice; together they provide a modular, synergistic, and extendable system that enables computer-interfaced technology and information processing to work in partnership with surgeons to improve clinical care and enable novel therapeutic approaches.
The talk will also talk briefly about other medical robotics research at Johns Hopkins University to develop systems that combine innovative algorithms, robotic devices, imaging systems, sensors, and human-machine interfaces to work cooperatively with surgeons in the planning and execution of surgery and other interventional procedures. Here, we will pay special attention to joint projects between JHU and Intuitive Surgical, including our efforts to develop an open-source Surgical Assistant Workstation software environment to promote research and technology transfer activities.
Russell H. Taylor received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1976. He joined IBM Research in 1976, where he developed the AML robot language and managed the Automation Technology Department and (later) the Computer-Assisted Surgery Group before moving in 1995 to Johns Hopkins, where he is a Professor of Computer Science with joint appointments in Mechanical Engineering, Radiology, and Surgery and is also Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology. He is the author of over 230 refereed publications, a Fellow of the IEEE, of the AIMBE, of the MICCAI Society, and of the Engineering School of the University of Tokyo. He is also a recipient of the IEEE Robotics Pioneer Award, and a recipient of the Maurice Müller award for excellence in computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery.