Haptic Technologies for Medical Robotics
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Title: Haptic Technologies for Medical Robotics


Haptic technology generates the sense of touch that enables us to interact with virtual or real environments through haptic interfaces. Recent research on haptics brought this technology into computer games, surgical simulators, rehabilitation therapy, mobile phones, etc. In this talk, I will discuss haptics in medical robotics. Two main haptic devices developed during my dissertation and postdoctoral research will be reviewed. First, I will present our surgical simulator for endoscopy, where realistic virtual graphics are combined with a mechatronic system providing haptic feedback. Second, I will talk about a new teleoperated robotic system for endoscopic surgery while focusing on the development of haptic enabled technologies. Finally, future research directions in medical robotics including prosthetics and rehabilitation will be highlighted.

Bio: Evren Samur is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Bogazici University. Before joining to Bogazici University in 2012, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) which is an academic affiliate of Northwestern University Medical School. In 2010, he received his PhD degree in robotics from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) Lausanne where he specialized on haptic interface development and evaluation. His PhD thesis was awarded as the Best PhD thesis in 2010 by the EuroHaptics Society. He was a visiting scholar at the Northwestern University in fall 2008 and worked on a new tactile display under supervision of Prof. Ed Colgate. He holds an MS degree in mechanical engineering from Koc University, Istanbul where he worked with Prof. Cagatay Basdogan on soft tissue modeling and characterization. He received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara. His research interests include medical robotics, surgical simulation, haptics and human-machine interaction.