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Robot evolution: Partnership intensifies between Vanderbilt engineers, physicians

Dec. 6, 2013—By David F. Salisbury In the foreseeable future, robots will stick steerable needles in your brain to remove blood clots, and capsule robots will crawl up your colon to reduce the pain of colonoscopies. “Bionic” prosthetic devices will help amputees regain lost mobility, and humanoid robots will help therapists give autistic children the skills to...

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Restoring surgeons’ sense of touch during minimally invasive surgeries

Oct. 17, 2013—A small, wireless capsule has been developed that can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift increasingly from open to minimally invasive surgery. During open surgery, doctors rely on their sense of touch to identify the edges of hidden tumors and to locate hidden blood vessels and other anatomical structures:...

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NSF grant to help engineers accelerate development of medical capsule robots

Dec. 6, 2012—Four Vanderbilt School of Engineering faculty members have been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create new tools, including a web-based modeling and simulation infrastructure, intended to help speed up the development of miniature medical capsule robots. The four-year project – Cyber-Physical Systems: Integrated Modeling, Analysis and Synthesis of Miniature...

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School of Engineering recruits three new faculty members

Sep. 2, 2011—The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering announces the appointment of three new faculty members to its full-time teaching staff.  They are William Grissom, Matthew Walker and Pietro Valdastri. Assistant professor of biomedical engineering William Grissom’s research interests include applications of signal processing and numerical optimization in magnetic resonance imaging, with a particular focus on interventional...

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