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ARMA was awarded a new grant titled NRI Large: Collaborative Research: Complementary Situational Awareness for Human-Robot Partnerships. The award funds a 5-year collaborative effort between our lab and Dr. Howie Choset at Carnegine Mellon University and Dr. Russell H. Taylor at Johns Hopkins University. See the following page for details on this interdesciplinary resesarch project.

The National Institute of Health has awarded the Advanced Robotics and Mechanism Applications (ARMA) a two year grant for exploratory research on use of snake-like robots for resection of bladder cancer tumors. This research is lead by Dr. Nabil Simaan (department of Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Duke S. Herrell (Department of Urology).

This project focuses on enabling higher precision, safer, and more dexterous resection and surveillance of bladder tumors. Current surgical tool limitations hinder accurate and complete tumor resections and visualization; result in improper staging and increase rates of perforations and tumor recurrence. The proposed technology will reduce surgeon burden, improve resection accuracy, and hopefully reduce recurrence rates, trauma, and patient treatment cost.

See the following page for details on this interdesciplinary resesarch project.

ARMA paper titled "Robotic-Assisted Micro Surgery of the Throat: The Trans-Nasal Approach" by Andrea Bajo, Latif Dharamsi, Gaelyn Garrett, James Netterville and Nabil Simaan won finalist for best mediacl robotics paper in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'2013). This award will recognize outstanding work in the area of medical robotics and computer-assisted interventional devices and systems.

The paper "Trans-Nasal Robotic Micro-Surgery of the Throat: A Cadaveric Feasibility Study" by Andrea Bajo, Latif Dharamsi, John Netterville, Gaelyn Garrett and Nabil Simaan won first runner up award for best oral presentation in the 2013 Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics.

The A.R.M.A. Lab has five papers at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Karlsruhe, Germany. The papers focus on cochlear implants, micro-surgery of the eye, urology, otolaryngology, and exploration of flexible environments. One of the papers, "Robotic-Assisted Microsurgery of the Throat: the Trans-Nasal Approach" by Bajo, Daharamsi, Netterville, Garrett, and Simaan, is also finalist for best medical robotics paper. This is the second year in a row that one of the A.R.M.A. Laboratory's papers is selected for this prestigious award. Fingers crossed!

Andrea successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in March 2013 and recently accepted a position as System Research Engineer at MAKO Surgical Corp., Fort Lauderdale, FL. MAKO Surgical Corp. focuses on robotic-assisted orthopedics and implants for knee and hip procedures.

ARMA members wish Andrea the best of luck with his future endeavors.