Surgical Cockpit -- Multisensory/Multimodal Interfaces for Robotic Surgery

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-09-C-0159
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4097
Amount: $749,942.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09A-T028
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
Spi Surgical, INC
1533 Magnolia Way West, Seattle, WA, 98199-8102
DUNS: 828052568
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jacob Rosen
 Associate Professor
 (831) 459-5302
Business Contact
 Aylin Kim
Title: CEO
Phone: (602) 373-3708
Research Institution
 University of California, Santa Cru
 Deirdre Beach
 Office of Sponsored Projects
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA, 95064-1099
 (831) 459-2778
 Nonprofit college or university
The ongoing military conflicts demonstrate the need to deploy skilled personnel equipped with advanced technology to provide medical and surgical attention as close as possible to the point of injury. A major problem is the occasional mismatch between the type of injury and the type of surgeon available to treat it. Telerobotic surgery is a means to mediate the narrow spectrum of available front line surgical expertise. To date, most R & D efforts on medical robotics for the battlefield have focused on the remote site (the manipulator) with little focus on the critical man-machine interface which is the surgical console. The objective of the proposed project is to develop, fabricate, integrate, and experimentally demonstrate the functionality of a multimodal surgical cockpit (surgical console) enabling telesurgery capabilities which expand the range of surgical expertise to the level dictated by the type and nature of wounds in the battlefield. Through the proposed cockpit, the one or multiple expert surgeons located in the continental US will be able to collaborate while interface with different manufacturers"end effector robots through a universal interface and perform a surgical procedures on solider located anywhere around the globe with a reduced workload and enhanced situational awareness. While the proposed surgical cockpit will be designed specifically for controlling surgical manipulators, it can also provide a unique and innovative console design elements which could be beneficial to all warriors using remote systems, such as UAV, UGV, etc.

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