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Mtg: Aspects of Robotics in the daVinci Surgical System: Motivation, History, Future

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WEDNESDAY August 12, 2009
SCV Robotics and Automation Chapter
Speakers: Dr. Bill Nowlin and Bruce Schena, Intuitive Surgical
Time: Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: CMU Silicon Valley, Building 23, Moffett Field
RSVP: not required

Intuitive Surgical makes the daVinci(tm) Surgical System, which is variously described as a “robot”, a “telesurgical system”, and a “mechanism for minimally invasive surgery”. In this presentation, the presenters will give a general introduction to the device and how surgery is accomplished using it. We will review the motivation for the technologyĆ¢??s development, and we will talk a little about the business of robotic surgery. We will try to give some historical background to credit those on whose shoulders we stand, and describe the fundamental technological elements (what’s neat about it). For this audience we will focus on the robotic elements of the design, as well as other essential technologies that together make a functioning product. Next we will discuss the technical and business challenges, and attempt to describe where the technology is going in the next few years. The presenters promise plenty of pictures, videos, and he hope to bring some hardware to let you explore. The talk can be very interactive, and we will happily veer off in a direction determined by the group.

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