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National Robotics Initiative grant to create smarter surgical robots
Date:10/25/2013

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Although these prototypes are not intended for use on human patients, the research results could eventually lead to advances in surgical care.

Although the development effort is focused on surgical robots, the CSA modeling and control framework could have a major impact in other applications as well.

According to Simaan, CSA could be used by a bomb squad robot to disarm a bomb or by a human user operating a robotic excavator to dig out the foundation of a new building without damaging the underground pipes or by rescue robots searching deep tunnels for injured miners.

"In the past we have used robots to augment specific manipulative skills," said Simaan. "This project will be a major change because the robots will become partners not only in manipulation but in sensory information gathering and interpretation, creation of a sense of robot awareness and in using this robot awareness to complement the user's own awareness of the task and the environment"

The project is funded by the National Science Foundation.


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Contact: David Salisbury
david.salisbury@vanderbilt.edu
615-343-6803
Vanderbilt University
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