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DTC Leading Edge Seminar Series

Digital Surgery, Present and Future


Tim Kowalewski
University of Washington

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
3:30 p.m. reception
4:00 p.m. seminar

401/402 Walter Library

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Tim Kowalewski

The field of surgery is undergoing a major paradigm shift. The rise of surgical robotics, imaging techniques, and simulation is changing how surgery is executed, taught, and evaluated. This talk will survey the field and propose a novel, active area of applied engineering research. Specifically, it will demonstrate how problems in surgery can now be addressed via signal processing and machine learning. The Surgical Genome Project — an open repository of surgical data — will be introduced to spur collaboration and progress in the field.


Tim Kowalewski is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington's BioRobotics Lab. His work in the field of surgical technology spans nine years and began with the development of novel virtual reality surgical simulators. As a research scientist on DARPA's TraumaPod project he participated in the first successful test of the fully automated "OR of the Future," a vision where the only human in the operating room is the patient. Tim was a key collaborator in the development of quantitative surgical skill evaluation via Hidden Markov modeling and also collaborated on the University of Washington RAVEN surgical robot — an open surgical tele-robotic research platform. His current work involves the commercialization of two BioRobotics Lab surgical technologies with Simulab Corporation. This project, known as the EDGE platform, won the 2008 Minimally Invasive Innovation of the year from the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons. His work recently won the Best Doctoral Student award at the first Doctoral Consortium on Surgical Robotics and Simulation.