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Surgical Simulator - An Emerging Approach to Surgery Training

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Dr. Peter Liu

Professor, Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University

Feburary 6, 2015 12:00 - 13:00

Tory Building Room 202, Carleton University




At present, surgical residents develop required hands-on skills mainly through trials on animals, cadavers and patients. These training approaches, however, have obvious disadvantages: animals have different anatomies from humans; cadavers are unable to provide appropriate physiological responses; it is risky when students practice on patients. With recent advances in haptics, computer graphics and virtual reality, surgical simulators have great potential to overcome these problems. In this talk, the current development of surgical simulators will be reviewed. The main challenges and difficulties will be explained. In particular, we will focus on issues such as tissue modelling, visual feedback and haptic interaction.


Dr. Liu received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Northern Jiaotong University, China in 1992 and 1995, respectively, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta, Canada in 2002. He has been with the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University since July 2002 and he is currently a Professor. He was also Canada Research Chair in Interactive Networking Computing and Teleoperation. His research interest includes interactive networked systems, haptics, surgery simulation, robotics and intelligent systems.

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