Design, imaging, tracking, control, testing, and applications of miniature medical robotic systems.
My interest is in miniature robotic systems for medicine. The creation of smaller devices and development of new surgical techniques have enabled a shift over the last decades towards minimally invasive diagnosis and surgery. Instead of open procedures requiring large incisions, these minimally invasive procedures can often be performed through millimeter-size incisions or in some cases even through natural body orifices. Miniature robotic systems promise to enable better patient outcomes through enhanced accuracy and control of tool motions, semi-automated navigation (GPS-like systems), and better imaging and information about the anatomy during surgery. Smaller and more flexible devices, in particular, can reach further into the body and enable new treatments for a wide variety of illnesses.
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, TN, USA 2016
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, TX, USA 2010
Our goal is to understand the principles of Perception, Action and Learning in autonomous systems that successfully interact with complex environments and to use this understanding to design future systems