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Humanoid Robot for Medical Applications

By Michael Okyen

My research interests include biomimetics, mechatronics, robot dynamics and control, and machine vision.
My current project focuses around developing a more realistic medical simulation robot that will be used to train medical professionals. Current medical training robots can perform a multitude of tasks for medical training, ranging from enacting emergency situations like cardiac arrest to requiring correct drug delivery. They provide medical students a unique opportunity to work on a human-like system without endangering human life and are beginning to be required in many educational programs. Simman 3G, seens below, is one of the most advanced robotic medical simulation robots available today. However, the current systems lack an expressive face, any type of vision, or mobile limbs would provide a realistic experience.  


   

Simman 3G has dilating pupils, crying capabilities, and a highly advanced torso Figure 1. Simman 3G has dilating pupils, crying capabilities, and a highly advanced torso

 

Below are pictures of the current progress of our training robot.

   

Body and leg of current robotic training system Figure 2: Body and leg of current robotic training system

 

The robot I am working on will be focused on creating a more realistic experience for the students. Moving eyes, dexterous hands, and many sensor systems will respond similarly to humans. It will be able to simulate varying medical situations such as a diabetic coma or an irregular heartbeat and display the symptoms that humans typically display. The face will be able to display actual emotion and show the same detail that a human would. Human form is a focal point, with all subsystems being developed to match human size, shape, and capability as closely as possible.
With this technology, we will be able to continue to evolve the education of tomorrow’s doctors and nurses to improve healthcare for everyone.