IEEE ICMA 2021 Conference

Plenary Talk I

The Future of Robot-Assisted Surgery

Ken Goldberg, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Department Chair, Industrial Engineering / Operations Research (IEOR)
Director, AUTOLAB and CITRIS "People and Robots" Initiative Founding Member,
Berkeley AI Research (BAIR) Lab Joint Appointments: EECS, Art Practice,
School of Information (UC Berkeley) and Radiation Oncology (UC San Francisco Medical School).
University of California, Berkeley


An emerging generation of robots will assist surgeons by performing tedious subtasks such as suturing and debridement to improve consistency, reduce fatigue, and open the door to long-distance tele-surgery. Advances in AI can be applied to data collected from surgical systems such as Intuitive’ s da Vinci to learn underlying control policies. In this talk I'll present recent advances from our lab including novel hardware and software with applications to cutting, suturing, palpation, dissection, retraction, debridement and a recent result -- "Superhuman Peg Transfer".

Prof. Ken Goldbergis UC Berkeley Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research with joint appointments in EECS, College of Engineering, School of Information, and Art Practice, Director, CITRIS "People and Robots" Initiative, Co-Director, Center for Automation and Learning for Medical Robotics (Cal-MR), and Adjunct Professor of Radiation Oncology at UCSF Medical School. He was appointed the William S. Floyd Jr Distinguished Chair in Engineering and serves as Chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department. He and his students pursue research in machine learning for robotics and automation in warehouses, homes, and operating rooms. Ken developed the first provably complete algorithms for part feeding and part fixturing and the first robot on the Internet. Despite agonizingly slow progress, he persists in trying to make robots less clumsy. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications and 8 U.S. Patents. He co-founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. Ken's artwork has appeared in 70 exhibits including the Whitney Biennial and films he has co-written have been selected for Sundance and nominated for an Emmy Award. Ken was awarded the NSF PECASE (Presidential Faculty Fellowship) from President Bill Clinton in 1995, elected IEEE Fellow in 2005 and selected by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for the George Saridis Leadership Award in 2016.

More information can be obtained in

Prof. Goldberg's 50 papers on surgical robotics and brachytherapy radiation delivery:

The Robotics Society of Japan Kagawa University Kagawa University The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Japan Society for Precision Engineering The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers State Key Laboratory of Robotics and System (HIT) State Key Laboratory of Robotics and System (HIT) Harbin Engineering University University of Electro-Communications University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Changchun University of Science and Technology