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On 5/25/2011 Roger Goldman successfully defended his thesis dissertation titled "Analysis, Algorithms, and Control for Intelligent Surgical Exploration and Intervention". His thorrough reserach won him a unianimous vote for graduation with destinction - an honor that is typically saved for the top 10% of graduate students. Roger is the 4th Ph.D. student to graduate from ARMA with destinction. Congtratulations Roger :-).

Dr. Wei Wei graduated from ARMA in 2010 is the new president and founder of Huawei Zhongxing Electric - a new company focused on developing robotic solutions for manufacturing. Huawei Welding Machine Won 2nd Award of National Science & Technology Development with aproject titled "Technique and Equipment Development of Hot Wall Hydrogenation Anti-Corrosion Automatic Deposit Welding of Small Pipe Inner Surfaces" and 1st Award of National Science & Technology Development for the project titled "Technique and Equipment Development of Hot Wall Hydrogenation Deposit Welding of Small Pipe Inner Surfaces".

Huawei Zhongxing Electric has also been succesful in entering the automotive industry sector by securing manufacturing contracts with BYD - the Chinese Automobile Manufacturer.

 

Congratulations Wei on your continued success :-).

 

 


Dr. Simaan organized a whole day workshop on robotics for health-care in collaboration with ME faculty Dr. Webster, Goldfarb, Sarkar, Barth and Dr. Stacy Gardener with the Vanderbilt Program for Talented Youth (PTY). The whole day even was hosted by five mechanical engineering labs (see the participating labs, workshop agenda and pictures HERE). The workshop included 64 high school and middle school participants and their parents. Students and their parents got a hands-on experience with technologies developed for surgical assistance, MRI-compatible robots, rehabilitation devices and robotic orthoses, and human-robot interaction.

 

Roger Goldman, Andrea Bajo, and Jason pile all had their 3 papers accepted the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation to be held in Shanghai China. ICRA is among the premiere robotics conferences and typically has acceptance rates around 40%. The three accepted papers are:

  1. Pile, J., Simaan, N., "Algorithms and Design Considerations for Robot Assisted Insertion of Perimodiolar Electrode Arrays", 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Shanghai , China, 2011, Accepted
  2. Goldman, R., Bajo, A., Simaan, N., Compliant Motion Control for Continuum Robots with Intrinsic Actuation Sensing", 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Shanghai , China, 2011, Accepted
  3. Bajo, A., Goldman, R., Simaan, N., "Configuration and Joint Feedback for Enhanced Performance of Multi-Segment Continuum Robots", 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Shanghai , China, 2011, Accepted

Sam Bhattacharyya joined A.R.M.A. in the fall semester of 2010. Sam previously worked at A.R.M.A. in 2008 as an undergraduate researcher at Columbia University. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 2010. He is now a research assistant at A.R.M.A. pursuing his MS/Ph. D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University.

Haoran Yu joined A.R.M.A. in the Fall semester of 2010. Haoran received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University, China. He is a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and pursuing his MS/Ph. D. degree at Vanderbilt University.


Dr. Simaan won the 2010 Benjamins Award with his student Jian Zhang and his collaborators Dr. Spiros Manolidis and Dr. Tom Roland. The Benjamins Award is given by the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (CORLAS) and is regarded by many as the most impressive international award by the Otolaryngology society.  Simaan and his research partners won the award for their work on robotic insertions of steerable cochlear implant electrodes.Their work was presented last month at the annual Collegium in Budapest, Hungary.