April 04, 2018: I presented a talk on Robotics in Neurosurgery to a group of 15 freshman students. These students belonged to the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) gifted student program. The program provides talented Saudi high school graduates interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with the guidance and support to successfully navigate an undergraduate degree at universities in the U.S.
My talk focused on robotics in surgery and the benefits of computer vision and extended reality for surgery. This talk helped introduce students to a field they were not familiar with, and I’m glad I could play a role in it. It was challenging and interesting to present technical work to students interested in STEM by just getting started in the field. The Q & A session was the most exciting part to me, which led to a great discussion about research in surgical robotics, safety and tech policy.