The Robotics Institute
RI | Seminar | April 30, 2001

Robotics Institute Seminar, April 30, 2001
Special Time and Place | Seminar Abstract | Speaker Biography | Speaker Appointments

Medical Robotics and Computer-Integrated Therapy Delivery: Coupling Information to Action in 21st Century Surgery

Russell H. Taylor
John Hopkins University

Special Time and Place
1305 Newell-Simon Hall
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm

The impact of Computer-Integrated Surgery (CIS) on medicine in the next 20 years will be as great as that of Computer-Integrated Manufacturing on industrial production over the past 20 years. A novel partnership between human surgeons and machines, made possible by advances in computing and engineering technology, will overcome many of the limitations of traditional surgery. By extending human surgeons' ability to plan and carry out surgical interventions more accurately and less invasively, CIS systems will address a vital national need to greatly reduce costs, improve clinical outcomes, and improve the efficiency of health care delivery. This presentation will focus on the emerging role of medical robots within CIS systems, with special attention to the synergy between the development of image-guided, robotically-assisted delivery systems and the development of novel minimally invasive localized therapies. It will draw upon current and ongoing research in the newly established NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology and elsewhere to illustrate these themes.

Speaker Biography
Russell H. Taylor received a B.E.S. degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1976. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science, Radiology, and Mechanical Engineering and is Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology at Johns Hopkins. His research interests include robot systems, programming languages, model-based planning, and (most recently) the use of imaging, model-based planning, and robotic systems to augment human performance in surgical procedures. In February, 2000 he reller award for excellence in computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery.

Speaker Appointments
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