The Biomedical Robotics research focus area is centered on the design, development, and evaluation of medical robotics systems and smart assistive robotic platforms that enhance the physical capabilities of both patients and clinicians via advancements in mechanical design, modeling and control, sensors and instrumentation, computing, and image processing. Core research topics in this area include medical robotics, haptic interfaces, machine learning, soft robotics, robot-assisted surgery and rehabilitation, tissue modeling, human augmentation, biomechanics, and human-robot interaction.
Biomedical robotics research innately draws from several disciplines including mechanical, biomedical and electrical engineering, interactive computing, applied physiology, and materials science, and is conducted in close collaboration with clinical partners at Emory and CHOA. Key areas of application and translation include feedback-enabled robotic surgery systems, robot-assisted caregiving, macro-meso-micro-scale image-guided surgical interventions, wearable devices for occupational training and injury prevention, and neurointegrated prosthetic devices.
Both the graduate and undergraduate programs in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering were nationally ranked no. 1 in 2023. It was a first-time top ranking for the grad program. Dedicated faculty and innovative curriculum earned the department its lofty spot and will be what keeps it there in the future.