Title: Optical Image-Guided Autonomous Robotic Surgery
Abstract: Autonomous surgical robots, by reducing human factors, have the potential to improve efficiency, safety, and consistency over teleoperated systems. However, achieving autonomous robotic surgeries requires a multitude of imaging/sensing technologies that provide a high-speed 3-Dimensional surgical view, tissue sensing and classification, and tissue tracking that allows fail-safe optimal surgical planning and autonomous robotic control. In this talk, I will present our recent work on developing a novel optical imaging and sensing system approach for guiding autonomous robotic surgery. Our approach incorporates novel single-frequency/phase structure light 3D endoscopes, OCT tissue sensing, and multispectral tissue health monitoring that incorporates custom neural networks to safely and accurately perform surgical planning and autonomous robot control.
About the Speaker: Dr. Jin U. Kang is Jacob Suter Jammer Professor of electrical and computer engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is a member of Johns Hopkins’ Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute and Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics. Kang’s research is focused on developing novel optical techniques and devices for biomedical applications including image-guided robotic surgery. Kang has been developing a wide range of optical imaging and sensing systems for microsurgical and robotic systems that allow safer, more precise surgical outcomes. A holder of over 30 patents and 200 refereed journal publications, Kang was a General Chair of CLEO A&T and a fellow of the Optical Society of America, the International Optics Society (SPIE), and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is a recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Award, the Australian Institute of Advanced Studies Fellowship, a NASA Faculty Fellowship, the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education fellowship, and the Brain Korea Distinguished Faculty Fellowship.