Lab News

Loris Fichera joins the MED Lab

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Welcome to Loris Fichera, who is working as a post-doc in the MED Lab. Loris is a PhD graduate of the Italian Institute of Technology and will be working on the development of a robotic system for mastoidectomy.

Dr. Webster & MEDLab featured on NatGeo TV Special

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Dr. Webster and the MEDLab appeared on a 2 hour TV special that included a live deep brain stimulation surgery. The feature focused on the robotic system we developed for removing intracerebral hemorrhages using a steerable needle. A link to the feature can be found here.

Dr. Webster gives a plenary talk at SSRR 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dr. Webster gave a plenary talk entitled "Safer Surgeries through Smaller, Softer, Image-guided Robots" at the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics at Purdue University.

Dr. Webster delivers keynote address at CARE 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dr. Webster delivered a keynote address, "Transendoscopic Robots," at the 2015 Computer-Assisted and Robotic Endoscopy Conference in Munich, Germany.

Lab members attend IROS conference in Hamburg, Germany

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Isuru Godage represented the lab at IROS in Germany, and presented work on the use of periodic CT imaging for replanning during robotic intracerebral hemorrhage removal. Dr. Webster attended as well, along with past MED Lab post-doc Jessica Burgner and her students.

Art delivers "Greatest Hits" presentation at ISRR

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Art Mahoney represented the lab when he delivered a "Greatest Hits" presentation at the International Symposium on Robotics Research this year in Sestri Levante, Italy. His talk was on "Design, Sensing and Planning: Fundamentally Coupled Problems for Continuum Robots."

Patrick Anderson and Patrick Wellborn join the MED Lab

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Welcome to new graduate students Patrick Anderson and Patrick Wellborn, who joined the MED Lab this summer!

Dr. Webster gives Early Career Spotlight presentation at RSS

Friday, July 17, 2015

Dr. Webster received the Early Career Spotlight Award at the Robotics Science and Systems Conference in Rome, Italy, and gave a presentation on "Continuum Robots to Help Surgeons Save Lives."

Phil wins best oral presentation at Hamlyn

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Phil presented his work on non-annular concentric tube robots for transoral lung procedures at the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics in London. His talk received an award for best oral presentation!

Phil, Rich and Pete present their work at ICRA 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Three students from the MEDLab had presentations at ICRA 2015. Rich presented his work with bifurcation analysis and concentric tube robot design, Pete presented a miniature wrist for needle-sized manipulators, and Phil presented a system for lung biopsy that combines three types of continuum robots into one device


Dr. Webster speaks at the IEEE RAS Young Professionals lunch during ICRA 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Dr. Webster accepts the IEEE RAS Early Career Award at ICRA 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NIH R21 grant for epilepsy surgery gets funded

Monday, June 15, 2015

A new NIH R21 grant was awarded to Dr. Webster along with co-PI Dr. Eric Barth. The work will focus on the development of a minimally invasive system to cure epilepsy with a needle.

Ray Lathrop wins second place in DMD Valuation Competition

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ray's work on a dexterous manual laparoscopic tool was selected for the Emerging Medical Innovation Valuation Competition at the 2015 Design of Medical Devices Conference. He presented a marketing pitch and a prototype of the device, and won second place in the competition!

Robert L. Galloway Presents "Engineering Therapeutic Processes: from Research to Commodity" to the Lab

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Our lab had the honor to see the presentation of Robert L. Galloway :

Engineering Therapeutic Processes: from Research to Commodity


Lou Kratchman defends his thesis

Friday, March 13, 2015

Congratulations to Lou, who defended his thesis today. He will be working as a research scientist at Draper Labs.

Mike Fitzpatrick Presents "Twenty-Five Years of Error" to the Lab

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Our lab had the honor to see the Mike Fitzpatrick conference presented in SPIE 2015:

Twenty-Five Years of Error

Mike Fitzpatrick Conference

MED Lab has Two Design of Medical Devices Papers Accepted

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Arpan Sarkar, a collaborating high school student, is the lead author on a paper describing the design of a safer tracheostomy tube. Erik Lamers is lead author on a paper describing the design of a puncture mechanism for deployment of needles through the bronchial wall.