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Prof. Gregory S. Fischer is a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Engineering with an appointment in Biomedical Engineering at WPI. He is the Faculty Director of the MassTech-supported PracticePoint Research and Development Center for Healthcare Cyberphysical Systems. He has also been an active member of the WPI Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI). He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2008 where he was part of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer Integrated Surgery and the JHU Laboratory for Computational Science and Robotics (LCSR). At WPI he has been an integral part of developing the Robotics Engineering program and teaches primarily Junior-level and graduate courses in Robotics. He the director of the Automation and Interventional Medicine (AIM) Robotics Laboratory located in Higgins Laboratory.
Medical robotics and computer integrated surgery is a multi-disciplinary field dedicated to providing as much information to a surgeon during a procedure and using that information in a way to produce better outcomes. The focus of the research in the WPI AIM Lab is on medical robotics - the link that allows us to enable "closed loop medicine" by using real time feedback to guide a surgical procedure. In order to take the most advantage of robots in surgery, we work toward integrating real-time medical imaging with the interventional procedure. Key research areas include: image-guided interventions, MRI-compatible robotics, robot-assisted surgery, and assistive robotics.