Professor Blake Hannaford, Dr. Laligam Sekhar and I worked on a proposal for the Amazon Catalyst Grant during Fall’16. We are excited to receive a grant of a $100,000 for the development of an Intelligent Robotic Assistant. The robot will offer precise and responsive assistance with important tasks in the operating room. It will be trained to the exact preferences of each surgeon, reducing errors and variability in precise and potentially dangerous operations such as brain tumor removal.

The technology will be derived from Amazon’s Alexa, a responsive speech recognition device, as well as learning-based artificial intelligence (AI) in the cloud. The learning-based AI will be used to analyze patterns in surgical outcomes from detailed logs of the operations.

Here is a digital representation of the system:


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