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Nabil Simaan

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Computer Science
Professor of Otolaryngology

Mechanical Engineering
Computer Science

Intellectual Neighborhoods

Research Focus

Nabil Simaan received his Ph.D. from the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, in 2002. In 2003-2004 he served as Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University National Science Foundation (NSF) ERC-CISST. In 2005, he joined Columbia University, New York, NY, as an Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering. In 2009 he received the NSF Career award for young investigators to design new algorithms and robots for safe interaction with the anatomy. In 2010 he joined Vanderbilt University as an Associate Professor of mechanical engineering with secondary appointments in Computer Science and in Otolaryngology. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Dr. Simaan served as an Editor for IEEE ICRA, Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Robotics (TRO), Editorial board member of Robotica, Area Chair for Robotics Science and Systems and Corresponding Co-Chair for the IEEE Technical Committee on Surgical Robotics.

His research interests include  human-robot interaction, robotic systems for surgical assistance, robot-assisted manufacturing, theoretical kinematics of mechanisms, synthesis and optimization of robots and mechanisms, design of flexure mechanisms and flexible robots, parallel robots, actuation redundancy and kinematic redundancy.

Current Projects

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Please visit ARMA website for a list publications.

Institute Affiliation

The Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) is an interdisciplinary, trans-institutional entity designed to bring engineers and physicians together to impact healthcare.