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The da Vinci and Beyond: the Advancement of Surgical Robotics

A Whiting-Turner Lecture: October 24, 2013

Simon DiMaio

Simon DiMaio of Intuitive Surgical, Inc., will give a Whiting-Turner Lecture on October 24, 2013.

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Simon DiMaio received a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1995. He completed the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1998 and 2003 respectively. His dissertation work focused on the development of needle insertion models and novel needle steering methods for medical applications. Dr. DiMaio completed a postdoctoral fellowship and later held an appointment as Instructor of Radiology at the Harvard Medical School, as a member of the Surgical Planning Laboratory at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In 2007, he moved to industry and now leads an Advanced Product Development team at Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Sunnyvale, California), makers of the da Vinci Surgical System. In addition to R&D efforts, he is also involved in the development of academic relationships and programs. He has experience in topics ranging from signal processing to robotics and control systems. Selected research interests include: medical robotics, image-guided surgical systems, human-machine interfaces, medical simulation and the modeling of physical systems.

Title and Abstract

Speaker: Simon DiMaio, Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Title: "The da Vinci and Beyond: the Advancement of Surgical Robotics"

Abstract: One-by-one, medical robots are crossing the chasm that lies between laboratory bench-top prototypes and commercial products. Despite significant regulatory and adoption barriers, highly complex robotic technologies such as the Accuray CyberKnife®, the Hansen Medical Sensei®, the Mako Surgical Rio®, the Intuitive Surgical da Vinci®, and others, are beginning to make clinical impact. Next-generation surgical systems are now on the horizon and the research community is already contemplating fantastic new technologies that will extend computer-assisted surgery even further.

In this talk, we will take a step back together to look at the origins of the da Vinci telerobotic system, its present capabilities, and limitations; its acceptance, as well as new technologies on the horizon, and how we might see such platforms evolve in the future. I will talk from the perspective of a researcher embedded in industry and will share some of the challenges that we have experienced in taking research concepts and prototypes toward product.

The reception will begin at 4:30 pm and the program will start at 5:00 pm. The reception and program will follow the Fischell Festival.

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