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Optimizing Usability and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) in Medical Robotics

About This Webinar

From elder companionship and assistance to exoskeleton rehabilitation to autonomous surgery, robotics is playing a key role in emerging healthcare technology. These new applications demand a seamless interaction between the robot and the user, requiring new models that both improve the utility and mitigate the inherent risks.

This webinar will discuss the state of the art relative to UX/UI where a human is supervising a cobotic cell or a platoon of multi-functional robots perform a variety of tasks, streaming data back to the supervisor, prioritizing process steps, assisting in decision making etc.

We’ll discuss a use case for coordinated motion of multiple robotic arms in surgical robotics. In this use case, the surgeon works at a console, commanding one or more robotic arms. The motion control system is responsible for moving the surgical tool precisely while maintaining constraints such as remote center of motion at the insertion point and collision avoidance with the other robotic arms and obstacles in the environment. We'll discuss how this motion control is achieved in real time while minimizing the task load on the surgeon.

In addition, we’ll cover several examples as a guide to building an intuitive and easy communication system with the robot through speech, gestures, voice and facial recognition.

Discussion topics include:
• Evolving design principles
• Improving ease of use during the design process
• Managing multimodal interfaces, including haptic feedback
• Achieving precision motion control

Who can view: People who attended or registered for the webinar only
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Project Manager and Business Development Lead, Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems Group (ASG)
David Shane leads the research, design, and development of robotic systems for commercial industry, defense, and homeland security applications. His experience includes advancing robotic grippers (end effectors), soft robotics, human-robot interface (HRI) technologies, and autonomous/semi-autonomous systems. He has overseen programs with the U.S. Navy (NAVESA, NRL, NSW), DARPA, and commercial clients.

Prior to joining Boston Engineering, David was the lead mechanical engineer for an underwater hull-crawling vehicle program, where he was responsible for completing the vehicle design, test fixtures, test planning, and execution.

David received a Masters of Innovation and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University.
Webinar hosting presenter
Research Robotics Engineer, Specialization in Surgical Robotics, Energid Technologies Inc.
Daniel is a Robotics Research Engineer at Energid Technologies where he develops advanced software and robotic systems for the aerospace, agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, defense, and medical industries. As a PhD researcher at University of Wisconsin, he created a multibody dynamics engine that specializes in large-scale simulation including millions of rigid/flexible bodies that interact through joints or physics-based contact.

As a mechanical engineer for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), he worked on the Dynamics and Durability Team to quantify the uncertainty in traditional terramechanics approaches and validate these numerical methods against experimental data. He also assisted in the design of a state-of-the-art terramechanics testing suite for light-weight ground vehicles and acted as the Dynamics Subject Matter Expert for the Army’s next generation simulation capability.
Webinar hosting presenter
Chief UX Strategy Officer, ICS & Boston UX
Dorothy Shamonsky has a broad range of User Experience Design skills including UX strategy, user research, interaction design and 2 & 3-D design. Her current passion is achieving simple, compelling user experiences for emerging technologies such as robotics, augmented reality and IoT. Much of her work at ICS has been in the agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and medical sectors.

Prior to her work at ICS, Dorothy was a Ph.D. researcher at M.I.T., working on the design and usability of augmented reality systems for terrain analysis. She received her masters and Ph.D. from the Media Lab at M.I.T. She is also an adjunct faculty in the Design and Innovation program at Brandeis University.
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