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Data-Driven Modeling of Non-Rigid Bodies for Robotics

Dra. Ming C. Lin
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. USA.

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Non-rigid materials are widely used in medical robotics, design and manufacturing, virtual surgery for soft robot planning, procedural rehearsal and training, etc. Identification of mechanical properties, such as tissue elasticity parameters, is critical to enable medical robots to safely operate within highly unstructured, deformable human bodies and to compute desired, accurate force feedback for individualized haptic display characterized by patient-specific parameters. In addition to medical robots, simulations are also increasingly used for rapid prototyping of clinical devices, pre-operation planning of medical procedures, virtual training exercises for surgeons and supporting personnel, etc. And, bio-tissue elasticity properties are central to developing realistic and predictive simulation and for designing responsive, dexterous surgical manipulators. Furthermore, with increasing interest in 3D printing for rapid creation of soft robots consisting of flexible materials, the ability to easily acquire material properties from existing sensor data, such as medical images and videos, can help to replicate similar material properties. In this talk, I present recent advances to determine patient-specific tissue elastic parameters from images and videos, acceleration techniques, and application to medical applications. I conclude by discussing possible future directions and new challenges.

About the speaker

Ming C. Lin is currently the Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair of Computer Science at the University of Maryland College Park and John R. & Louise S. Parker Distinguished Professor Emerita of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. She is also an honorary Chair Professor (Yangtze Scholar) at Tsinghua University in China. She obtained her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She received several honors and awards, including the NSF Young Faculty Career Award in 1995, Honda Research Initiation Award in 1997, UNC/IBM Junior Faculty Development Award in 1999, UNC Hettleman Award for Scholarly Achievements in 2003, Beverly W. Long Distinguished Professorship 2007-2010, Carolina Women’s Center Faculty Scholar in 2008, UNC WOWS Scholar 2009-2011, IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award in 2010, and many best paper awards at international conferences. She is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and Eurographics.

Engineering Education in Biology and Medicine. A new paradigm that takes into account the thoughts of Favaloro, Houssay, Pasteur and the Medici family

Dr. Ricardo L. Armentano
Universidad Tecnológica Nacional. Uruguay.
IEEE Distinguished Speaker


Breathing, running, eating, urinating, singing or giving birth are all actions that mobilize our ELASTICITY.  Focusing on the concept of the “elastic human” is now a promising priority. The loss of elasticity causes the onset of numerous pathologies, or their worsening like cardiac insufficiency, ruptured aneurysm, emphysema, etc. Any oxidizing substance can attack elastic fibers and accelerate their deterioration. UV rays, cigarettes, pollution (certain nanoparticles in particular) and a poor diet are some of the main toxic agents. Less well known is what some call «caramelization» of the body, due to excess sugar (notably in the context of diabetes). Aging is not the only factor involved in our organs and tissues losing their mechanical properties. Indeed, some genetic syndromes induce a weakness of elasticity or viscoelasticity. In order to make up for mechanically failing tissues in humans, it is also possible to implant biomaterials. The production of biomimetic materials, which imitate nature by taking inspiration from its shapes and materials, is now being envisaged. The co cultivation of smooth muscle cell and endothelial cell layers to construct in vivo-like vasculature has already been developed, and studies are underway to integrate it in biomaterials, or even enable its 3D printing.

About the speaker

Ricardo L. Armentano is currently a Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering Director of the Biological Engineering Dept. and PI UNPD/84/002 Uruguay and Director of the Ph.D. program on signal processing at UTN.BA. He was Vice Chairman at the Global Citizen Safety and Security Working Group of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering. He obtained the PhD degree from Université de Paris VII Diderot, for the Doctorat de Biomecanique: Mecanique de Systèmes Biologiques. He has acquired international recognition in the field of cardiovascular hemodynamics and arterial hypertension. He has taught in the fields of cardiovascular dynamics and in the broad area of engineering in medicine and biology and has extensive experience in PhD supervision and in examination of local and international higher degree theses. He is on the editorial board of journals of cardiovascular research and is a reviewer for over 25 international scientific journals. He has over 250 publications including a book, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. Ricardo Armentano has been a Member of the EMBS IEEE since 1985, Senior Member of IEEE (2001) and Chair of the Argentinean Chapter of the EMBS IEEE (2004). He was the conference chair of the 32nd International Conference EMBS IEEE Buenos Aires 2010. He was Latin-American IEEE EMB representative. Currently is a member of EMBS IEEE Technical Committee on Cardiopulmonary Systems and EMBS Distinguished Lecturer.