Seminar: Smart and Autonomous Robots for Surgery

Axel Krieger, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering Johns Hopkins University Date: Feb 13 Time: 2-2:50pm Room: WEB L102 Abstract: Robotic assisted surgery (RAS) systems, incorporate highly dexterous tools, hand tremor filtering, and motion scaling to enable a minimally invasive surgical approach, reducing collateral damage and patient recovery times. However, current state-of-the-art telerobotic surgery requires a surgeon operating every motion of the robot, resulting in long procedure times and inconsistent results. The advantages of autonomous robotic functionality have been demonstrated in applications outside of medicine, such as manufacturing and aviation. A limited form of autonomous RAS with pre-planned...

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Seminar: Interactive Policy Summarization: Explaining Robot Behavior to Human Users

Date: Feb 6 Time: 2-2:50pm Room: WEB L102 Title: Interactive Policy Summarization: Explaining Robot Behavior to Human Users Abstract: We are steadily moving towards a future where humans work with robotic assistants, robotic teammates, and even robotic tutors. Yet, human users often have little knowledge of how robots work or will respond in a new situation. To ensure safe and effective use of robots, training human users regarding the robots that they work with is imperative. In pursuit of this imperative, this talk will introduce AI Teacher: an explainable AI algorithm that summarizes robot policies via demonstrations, aiming to improve...

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Seminar: Anatomics: Co-engineering Body and Machine to Improve Bionic Performance

Date: Jan 30 Time: 2-2:50pm Room: WEB L102 Title: Anatomics: Co-engineering Body and Machine to Improve Bionic Performance Abstract: Bionic systems are no longer the stuff of science fiction. Exoskeletons and prostheses restore mobility to people with physical disabilities, and augment able-bodied performance. Although a complete bionic system is made up of biological structures (“the body”) and robotic mechanisms (“the machine”), the traditional development approach focuses solely on engineering the machine. As a result, even the most advanced bionic systems are subject to fundamental limitations of the human body. In this seminar, Prof. Clites will discuss his research in the nascent...

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