ICMA 2020 Conference
Model Driven Mechatronics in Medical Robot Design
Blake Hannaford, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Director, UW Biorobotics Lab
University of Washington
Seattle WA USA
Development of robotic technology for medical application is a complex endeavor. Engineers with little or no formal medical training must understand highly evolved medical requirements as well as the state of the art in robotics engineering. The standard for accepting a new medical innovation prior to use in the clinic is extremely rigorous. In light of these challenges, even in the more relaxed constraints of research devices, model driven design and control engineering is required to supplement highly evolved and rigorously trained human skills. Lacking a general theory of models in medical robotics, this talk will introduce the use of models in medical robot system control and design through examples from the work of our students and collaborators.
Blake Hannaford received the B.S. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University in 1977, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1986 to 1989 he worked on the remote control of robot manipulators in the Man-Machine Systems Group in the Automated Systems Section of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech and supervised that group from 1988 to 1989. Since September 1989, he has been at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was awarded the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Early Career Achievement Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, and was named IEEE Fellow in 2005.
He was at Google X / Google Life Sciences from April 2014 to December 2015. His currently active research interests include surgical robotics, surgical skill modeling, and haptic interfaces.
Blake Hannaford, Ph.D., is Director of Technical Programs and the University of Washington's, Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Surgery at the University of Washington.