Ken Salisbury: 2015 AI Workshop


Thursday April 30, 2015
Location: Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"Robotics and Surgical Simulation"


Topics in personal and wearable robotics as well as robotic haptics will be discussed. An overview of our work on patient specific-surgical simulation for rehearsal also will be given.


Salisbury is known for his seminal contributions in the fields of robotic hands and arms, haptics, robotically assisted surgery, and personal robotics. He is particularly interested building platform technologies that others can build upon. Kenneth received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1982. He then became Principal Research Scientist at MIT in Mechanical Engineering, and a member of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.In the fall of 1999, he joined the faculty at Stanford in the Departments of Computer Science and Surgery, where his research focus is on surgical simulation, personal and medical robotics, and supporting technologies. Salisbury is inventor or co-inventor on over 40 patents and author on numerous papers in the field of robotics, haptics, and telemanipulation. Among his more well-known projects are the Stanford-JPL (Salisbury) Robot Hand, the JPL Force Reflecting Hand Controller (FRHC), The MIT-WAM ARM (commercialized by Barrett Technology), the Phantom Haptic Interface (commercialized by Sensable Technologies), the Black Falcon Surgical Robot, (licensed to Intuitive Surgical), and most recently the PR-1 Personal Robot (commercialized by Willow Garage). In 1997 through 2001 he was Fellow and Scientific Advisor at Intuitive Surgical. In 2011 he was awarded the IEEE "Inaba Technical Award for Innovation Leading to Production". In addition to a busy academic, technical and legal consulting practice, he serves on advisory boards of several startups and on the board directors of a flute quartet of wonderful musicians.