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Spring 2012 GRASP Seminar – Russell H. Taylor, Johns Hopkins University, “A Microsurgery Assistant System for Retinal Surgery”

April 20, 2012 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: 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

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


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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 approximately 275
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, of the MICCAI Society Enduring Impact Award, and of the Maurice
Müller award for excellence in computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery.


April 20, 2012
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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