My current research centres around haptics (the sense of touch) in regards to surgical robotics and medical techniques.
- Palpating Surgical Gripper Design
- Haptics for tele-surgery
- Virtual Prototyping for Laparoscopy
- Novel haptic sensing
Below is a video of the system that my colleague and I created in order to investigate the role of different haptic feedback mechanisms for tele-palpation (remotely feeling objects with one’s hands). In our case, participants were trying to locate hard lumps embedded in synthetic soft tissue using a haptic interface and a remotely operated robot arm (a Barrett WAM) equipped with tactile and force sensors.
You can read more about this system, and it’s application to our research on the BRL project page.