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Surgical Robotics via Internet: What could go wrong?

That’s the title of a talk being given tomorrow by Blake Hannaford (pictured here). Here’s some detail:

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
PAUL G. ALLEN SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING RESEARCH SEMINAR

SPEAKER:   Blake Hannaford, University of Washington
TITLE:     Surgical Robotics via Internet: What could go wrong?

DATE:      Thursday, February 18, 2021
TIME:      11:30 am
HOST:      Shyam Gollakota

ABSTRACT:
The vision of a remotely operated surgical robot is surprisingly old. The first remotely operated surgery on a human was performed by Dr. Jacques Marescaux between New York and Paris in 2001 via a hardened ISDN connection. Internet-based approaches must confront the realities and stochastic guarantees of the modern internet (I’m looking at you Zoom calls.) Although bandwidth and latency of the internet are now sufficient for remote surgery, guaranteeing a safe outcome for the patient requires robust automation added to teleoperation which can guarantee the robot and patient go into a contextually dependent safe state upon loss or degradation of the connection. Most of the cybersecurity issues are similar to other high stakes domains like banking, but there are a few that are especially important to consider for surgery.

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