2023 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Computer Science
Mentor: William Hiesinger (Cardiothoracic Surgery)

“Toward Autonomous Surgery - Creating an AI Network for Learning Surgical Procedures”

Autonomous surgery benefits medicine by supporting surgeons in their practice through offloading repetitive tasks during procedures, providing precise and accurate guidance, optimizing surgical workflow, and improving surgical outcomes. Abhi’s project aims to produce an AI network that can recognize and classify surgical environments and procedures through recognition and association. For recognition, the plan is to teach the model to recognize anatomical structures and surgical tools followed by recognizing actions in surgical procedures. For association, the model will be developed to associate structures with their names (heart, liver, etc.), completing the process of surgical environment learning.