MEDIA ADVISORY — Humanoid robots, artificial intelligence and 3D printing: What is the role of tech in healthcare?

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017

BioIn Robotics Lab

The University of Ottawa invites members of the media to join the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology for a tour of both the BioIn Robotics Lab and Multimedia Communications Research Lab as we explore the role of robotics, 3-D printing and artificial intelligence in the healthcare system.

WHAT: Laboratory tours and presentations

WHERE: SITE Building, Room 5084 (University of Ottawa, 800 King Edward Avenue)

WHEN: May 15, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

BioIn Robotics Lab: Biology Inspired Robotics

Professor Emil Petriu, Faculty of Engineering

  • Biology-inspired mechatronic and AI control solutions for a new generation of humanoid robots able to more naturally interact with humans;
  • New human-like multi-finger robot hands capable of tactile sensing and object manipulation;
  • Computer vision techniques for human face expression;
  • Hand gesture recognition;
  • Robot face able to display human-like emotions;
  • Designed for home care environments to improve quality of life, medical treatment and help older adults “age in place.”

Multimedia Communications Research Lab: Living with our Digital Twin

Professor Abed El Saddik, Faculty of Engineering

  • Smart Insoles: Preventing hip injuries using real-time heat map visualization of pressure points in our feet as we move;
  • 3D Scanning: Capturing a 3D model of a subject in one minute using a battery-powered robotic tripod on wheels;
  • 3D Telemedicine Helmet: Providing live first person feedback from patients and EMS paramedics at the scene of an accident to remote trauma physicians;
  • Haptics for medical training: Understanding surgical procedures by reproducing the feeling of the tool-tissue feedback on virtual human organs.

Media inquiries:

Sarah Foster
Media Relations Officer

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