Podcast: Inside WPI’s AIM Robotics Lab

An inside look at WPI's Automation and Interventional Medicine (AIM) Robotics Research Laboratory and the work being done to create medical robots and robot-assisted surgery.

Photo Caption: Worcester Polytechnic Institute is developing a surgical robot designed for use inside an MRI machine to treat brain cancer. Guided by real-time feedback, the robot can position a high-energy, interstitial focused ultrasound probe exactly at the tumor, delivering optimal surgical results and an ideal outcome for the patient.

We recently took The Robotics Trends Show on the road to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, one of the leading robotics programs in the world, for an inside look at its Automation and Interventional Medicine (AIM) Robotics Research Laboratory.

Professor Greg Fischer gave us a tour of the AIM lab, which focuses on develop enabling technologies for medical robotics and robot-assisted surgery.

We sat down with Fischer to discuss some of the projects being worked on inside the AIM Lab, including an MRI-compatible robot designed to treat brain cancer, an MRI-compatible robot for prostate cancer, the PABI (Penguin for Autism Behavioral Interventions) robot designed to improve therapy for autistic children, and much more.

Fischer also discussed how surgeons are embracing the use of robots, whether patients trust surgical robots, and who’s liable should a surgical robot make a mistake.

Thanks again to Prof. Fischer and the entire team at WPI’s AIM Lab for having us out!

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Podcast rundown

    • 2:56PABI robot for autism therapy
    • 5:13Potential of robots for autistic children
    • 7:00How many robots can people afford in their homes
    • 8:52MRI robot improves precision of surgical procedures
    • 10:16MRI robot targeting brain cancer
    • 12Testing accuracy of MRI robot
    • 13:12Different clinical applications for MRI robots
    • 14:21Prostate cancer biopsy trials with MRI robot
    • 15:11How receptive are surgeons to using robots?
    • 17Do patients trust surgical robots?
    • 18:33No where near fully autonomous surgical robots
    • 19:20Who’s liable if the surgical robot fails?
    • 20:10When will MRI neurosurgical robot be ready for hospital use?
    • 22:05AIM Lab helping WPI spread robotics wings
    • 22:46Greg Fischer’s passion for robotics
    • 25Advice for robotics students
    • 27:40IP breakdown at WPI


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Steve Crowe · Steve Crowe is managing editor of Robotics Trends. Steve has been writing about technology since 2008. He lives in Belchertown, MA with his wife and daughter.
Contact Steve Crowe: scrowe@ehpub.com  ·  View More by Steve Crowe.




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