2007 ASME International Technical Conference- Robotic Medical Applications
The 2007 ASME International Technical Conference will host a variety of robotic exhibitions. Advancements in robotic technology has led to lighter and more flexible designs than industrial robots making them suitable for medical applications.
- Much of this new robotic research centers on "soft robotics," lighter and more flexible designs than traditional industrial models.
- Many such designs also have their roots in biology, such as an "elephant trunk"robotic arm with 32 degrees of freedom.
- University researchers are among the leaders in developing new analysis techniques for very complex robotics systems," said Collins.
- In such applications, there is no simple turnkey solution.
- We are seeing more research into such areas as flexible multibody dynamics for automotive and for robotics for space exploration
- Larochelle himself is working on humanoid robots that can change facial expressions. A potential application: Educational programs for autistic children.
- These educational aids include a variety of components to explore robotics and other mechatronic applications.
- Yes, and they are encouraging universities to do more. For example, one of our senior projects, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, was the design of a prototype robotic system that could be used to gather rock and soil samples on Mars.
- In medicine, there is also a great deal of work being done in robotics systems for surgery and other applications.
- The conference highlighted research and development projects in robotics, including Accuray’s Cyberknife, now being used to track and treat tumors using high-energy x-rays.