2017 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Computer Science
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Joseph Woo, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Photo of USRP student Alexandra Bourdillon in the laboratory, pipetting in a fume hood.On the path to building completely autonomous surgical robots, Alexandra’s Bio-X USRP project will explore the challenge of building a simulated surgical environment using computer visualization and graphics. In this virtual environment, she will test motion planning algorithms to execute surgical tasks.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2017:

Early Steps Towards Automating Surgical Tasks Through Physics and Soft-Body Simulation

Alexandra Bourdillon1, Animesh Garg2, Hanjay Wang1, Jack Boyd1, Marco Pavone3, Joseph Woo1
[Departments of Cardiothoracic Surgery1, Computer Science2, and Aeronautics & Astronautics3, Stanford University]