3D Guidance of Cardiovascular Intervention

While placement of cardiac devices (e.g. stents, septal occluders) via minimally-invasive procedures has reduced both patient recovery times and early complication rates relative to open procedures, the rates of repeat intervention and long-term mortality remain relatively high.  For example, ~10% of patients receiving drug-eluting stents require at least one revascularization procedure.  Minimally-invasive real-time 3D imaging may reduce these rates by enabling direct visualization of stent sizing, expansion, and placement.

Minimally-invasive Image-guided Biopsy

Approximately one third of pancreatic tumors are misdiagnosed, delaying diagnosis by an average of 3 months, during which tumor size may increase by 40-50%.  Effective imaging via functional endoscopic ultrasound imaging may allow us to 1) guide biopsy in order to correctly diagnose earlier-stage tumors, and 2) determine in which patients a true “R0” surgical resection (i.e. “clean” margins) is possible.

International Symposium on Medical Robotics (ISMR)

The 2021 Fall School on Medical Robotics (FSMR) and the 2021 International Symposium on Medical Robotics (ISMR) will be hosted together for the second time on the campus of Georgia Tech from Nov. 15-19, 2021. The FSMR will run from Nov. 15-17 while the ISMR will be held from Nov. 17-19. Workshops and tutorials will be held on Nov. 17, and will be common to both FSMR and ISMR.

Micro-scale Multi-DoF Robotically Actuated Guidewire

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is one of the most common causes of cardiovascular deaths in the world, with an estimated 202 million people suffering from it in 2010. The contralateral retrograde femoral approach involved in operating during PAD procedures requires the physician to navigate a guidewire through a tortuous pathway of arteries manually. In order to achieve this, we have designed a robotic guidewire with two orthogonally oriented asymmetric notch joints, that offer 2 degrees-of-freedom (DoFs) to the tip of the guidewire.

Evaluation of Tongue-operated Robotic Rehabilitation System for Upper Limb Functional Recovery

Each year, around 80% of 795,000 stroke survivors suffer from loss of functionality in their upper extremities. We would like to evaluate a novel tongue operated rehabilitation system for upper limb function recovery. This project is based on the studies that have shown accelerated progress in rehabilitation when limb movements are initiated by the patient and the hypothesis that the brain plasticity allows unharmed parts of the brain to adopt the functionality of the affected parts of the brain through robotic rehabilitation exercise.

Probabilistic Sampling-based Motion Planning in High Dimensions

Motion planning and trajectory generation problems are at the at the core of all autonomous and robotic systems. Although – at least in theory – such problems can be solved using optimal control or dynamic programming, the computational complexity for realizing these solutions is still prohibitive for many real-life problems, especially for high-dimensional systems. Recently, randomized algorithms have been proposed, which promise to remedy the “curse of dimensionality” associated with more traditional, deterministic methods.

CT Guided Percutaneous Cryoablation for the Management of Phantom Limb Pain

The mechanism of phantom pain is complex and multi-tiered. This investigative team has experience specifically with clinical and structured investigative attenuation of nerve related symptoms through cryoablation in the setting of complex and multi-tiered etiological theory, including phantom pain in amputees.

CT Guided Percutaneous Cryoablation of the Intercostobrachial Nerve for Management of Post-mastectomy Pain Syndrome

The International Association for the Study of Pain defines post-mastectomy pain syndrome (PMPS) as persistent or chronic pain following mastectomy or lumpectomy that affects the anterior thorax, axilla, and/or medial upper arm – and the syndrome is reported affect 30-80% of women who undergo breast surgery.  There is no specific therapy for this disorder, and patients report consistent levels of pain over time despite medication, physical therapy, spinal injections, psychological intervention, and/or acupuncture.

Bariatric Artery Embolization for the Management of Moderate Obesity

Currently 1/3 of the world and 2/3 of the US population are overweight. Historical strategies for weight loss have consistently resulted in failure rates up to 95%. Recent research in the fields of obesity medicine and bariatrics have elucidated complex survival based mechanisms responsible for hunger and difficulty managing calorie restriction. Part of this system exists as a hunger hormone signaling pathway between the stomach and the brain mediated by cells in the stomach that produce ghrelin.


Shriners Hospitals for Children® and the Georgia Institute of Technology have launched an ambitious collaborative research effort

Aaron Young and Greg Sawicki approach robotics from different angles, but they share the same goal- they want to develop wearable robotic devices that can help people maintain or increase their mobility.

Dr. Aaron Young receives award for project: "Improving Community Ambulation for Stroke Survivors Using Powered Hip Exoskeletons with Adaptive Environmental Controllers"

Dr. Wilbur Lam was selected for his outstanding record of research and demonstrates the ability to make major contributions to heart, lung, blood and sleep research.



William Durfee, Ph.D. - University of Minnesota


"A Seismic Shift in Wearable Robotics" - Richard Mahoney, Ph.D. - CEO/Founder, Seismic


“Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Economics, Surgical Robotics, Value-based Healthcare”


"Challenges in Prosthetic Limbs: Design, Control, Use and Utility" - Peter G. Adamczyk, Ph.D. - University of Wisconsin - Madison


"Improving Human Performance with Robotic Prostheses" - Deanna Gates, Ph.D., University of Michigan

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