2019 ML-MSM Pre-meeting Webinar: Human Safety - Virtual Surgery

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Speaker: Suvranu De, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Title:  Virtual Surgery

Virtual surgery is an emerging field that involves the development of novel systems with visual as well as haptic (touch) interfaces, designed to provide immersive interactive experience where the user is able to touch, feel, and manipulate virtual tissues and organs through surgical tool handles used in actual surgery. With as many as 440,000 deaths a year, medical errors, taken as a group, rank as the third leading cause of death in the US, right after cancer and cardiovascular disease. The goal of virtual surgery systems is to reduce medical errors by providing a platform for selection, training, credentialing and retraining of physicians, pre-operative planning of complex surgical procedures, and innovating surgical procedures, devices and platforms for emerging surgical paradigms.  As such, for the first time in the history of surgery, virtual surgery represents a fundamental shift from the existing paradigm of learning, training, planning and discovery outside the operating room.  



Suvranu De is the J Erik Jonsson ’22 Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he serves as Head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) and Director of the Center for Modeling, Simulation and Imaging in Medicine (CeMSIM). He received his Sc.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2001. His research interests include the development of novel, robust and reliable computational technology to solve challenging and high-impact problems in engineering, medicine and biology. He is the recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Award (2005), Rensselaer School of Engineering Research Excellence Award (2008), the James M. Tien ’66 Early Career Award for Faculty (2009), the Rensselaer School of Engineering Outstanding Research Team Award (2012) and the J. Tinsley Oden Medal of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (2019). He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Computers, Materials & Continua, Journal of Computational Surgery, International Journal of Modern Mechanics, International Journal of Computational Methods, and Computers & Structures as well as scientific committees of numerous national and international conferences. He is Senior Member of IEEE and serves as Vice Chair (Awards) of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics, Chair of the Computational Bioengineering Committee of the US Association for Computational Mechanics and leads/co-leads several committees of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). He has served 5 years on the BTSS study section of the NIH as charter member and as lead of the Theoretical and Computational Workgroup of the Multiscale Modeling Consortium of the NIH. He is on the advisory board of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is a member of numerous editorial boards and national technical committees and is an elected Fellow of three professional societies: the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the International Association for Computational Mechanics and the United States Association for Computational Mechanics.

This Webinar is posted on the MSM YouTube Channel

This webinar is part of a series of recordings for the ML-MSM Meeting, see complete list of Pre-Meeting Webinars


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