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March 14, 2008

Mtg: Robotically Assisted Surgery: How daVinci Works Now and How It Could Evolve

by @ 3:23 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: William C. Nowlin, Ph.D, Intuitive Surgical
Time: No-host dinner at 6:15 PM, Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none, for presentation
Place: Optional Dinner, Stanford Hospital Cafeteria, 6:15 PM (no reservations); talk at Clark Center Auditorium, Stanford Univ.
RSVP: not required


Intuitive Surgical makes the daVinciâ?¢ Surgical System, which is variously described as a “robot”, a “telesurgical system”, and a “mechanism for minimally invasive surgery”. ? In this presentation, I’ll give a general introduction to the device and how surgery is accomplished using it. ? I’ll talk a little about the business of robotic surgery. ? I’ll 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). ? Next I’ll discuss the technical and business challenges, and I’ll do my best to describe where I see the technology going in the next few years.? I promise plenty of pictures and videos, and I hope to bring some hardware to let you explore. ? The talk can be very interactive, and I am happy to veer off in a direction determined by the group.


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