In this engaging presentation, Paolo Pirjanian, CEO at Embodied, will discuss how the relationship between humans and machines is evolving, including how robots and robotic technology can be applied for social good. Specifically, he will review the development of Moxie, a companion for children designed to help promote social, emotional, and cognitive development through everyday play-based learning and content. He will describe how machine learning was employed to so that Moxie platform could perceive, process and respond to natural conversation, eye contact, and facial expressions, as well as recognize and recall people, places, and things. He will also highlight how this sensory input can be used to help children learn and safely practice essential life skills such as turn taking, eye contact, emotion regulation, relationship management, and problem solving.
In October 2021, MassRobotics, FESTO and other key players in the Healthcare Robotics space launched a Startup Catalyst Program to advance healthcare robotics companies around the world by providing the connections, guidance, resources they need to grow and succeed. The aim of the program is to connect healthcare robotics startups with customers, investors, suppliers, marketing and overall support. The program focused on startups in the areas of clinical care, public safety, laboratory and supply chain automation, out-of-hospital care, quality of life, as well as continuity of work and education, healthcare professionals training & support. Four start-up companies, selected from all over the world, participated in the program.
In this keynote session, senior executives from Festo, MassRobotics and others will describe the Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst program, and celebrate the milestones achieved by the four companies. The start-ups, in turn, will describe their companies, along with their products and services offerings.
Motion control is what makes robotics systems ‘robotic’, and it is advances in motion control technologies that have spurred a great deal of robotics innovation and a dramatic increase in the use of robotics technologies and products around the globe, including for healthcare applications. But compared to industrial and consumer motion control technologies, solutions for healthcare applications typically have different, and often very stringent, functional requirements in areas such as safety, reliability, tolerances, cleanability, sterilization and more. In this panel session, attendees will learn how the latest products and technologies support the development of advanced healthcare robotics systems and allow for new capabilities and new applications.
MRI can offer high resolution 3D imaging with high soft tissue contrast, multi-modality imaging for tumor localization, thermal monitoring, and interactively updated speed, making it ideal for monitoring and guiding interventions. Robotics provide a means to leverage the benefits and address the challenges of real-time guidance of interventions using intraoperative MRI. However, challenges with the high magnetic field, time varying magnetic gradient, strong RF signals, and high sensitivity to RF noise make leveraging these capabilities a challenge.
In this session, Gregory Fischer, Professor and Director of PracticePoint R&D Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will describe a modular approach to MRI-compatible robotics that includes software, control hardware, and mechanical systems, that has been used in the development of robotic systems that can perform image-guided diagnosis and therapy, as well as surgical manipulation under live MR imaging. Results from various clinical trials will be presented, along with an update on ongoing research.
In this information session based on a critical case study, Brian Gerkey from Open Robotics will discuss his organization’s work with Singapore’s Centre for Healthcare Assistive and Robotics Technology (CHART). Underway since 2018, this initiative has led to an open source robot interoperability standard called Open Robotics Middleware Framework (Open-RMF for short) and has been developed to enable communication and coordination from multiple robot vendors at a single location. In this session, attendees will learn:
The history of Open-RMF
• Specific challenges to healthcare environments
• An overview of different interoperability challenges
There are ~640 million people worldwide who are concurrently deaf and blind. Without independent communication tools, this historically underserved community is often cut off from the abled world and its resources. Robotics technology can provide disabled populations access to the technology abled individuals take advantage of each day such as communication tools, entertainment mediums, real-time translators and more. In this session, Tatum Robotics founder Samantha Johnson will describe how 3D printing and AI can be utilized to develop robotics solutions for the deafblind community, including an anthropomorphic hand+wrist and two compliant arms as a communication device for tactile sign language—the primary and often only communication method of deafblind people.
Surgical robotics systems are providing increased surgical efficiency improved patient outcomes, and lower costs through increasingly smaller incisions, intelligent surgical guidance and visualization, and data analytics. Unfortunately, the healthcare sector is not yet able to fully leverage surgical robotics solutions. The need to satisfy demanding and simultaneous requirements for interoperability, reliability, cybersecurity, safety, and performance is a significant barrier to scalable and efficient development of surgical robotic systems (and intelligent connected medical devices). This can be solved with a modern approach to distributed system architecture that is adaptable to evolving requirements and reusable across programs and product lines. In this talk, Darren Porras will discuss surgical robotics applications and the role of distributed software communication frameworks in addressing the demanding and flexible compute needs of connected medical devices from the edge to the cloud.