Nov 2020 Vanderbilt University News
Vanderbilt University Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Otolaryngology Nabil Simaan has been named a top voice in health care robotics by technology discovery platform InsightMonk and market intelligence firm BIS Research. According to a release from BIS Research “health care robotics is making a pivotal impact on every element of the health care ecosystem, which has enabled meaningful diagnosis, effective complex surgeries, assistive therapy and improved survivorship.”
Within his Advanced Robotics and Mechanism Applications lab, Simaan’s work is focused on designing robotic systems and mechanisms for medical applications. At Vanderbilt, this work has included the development of high-dexterity snake-like robots for surgery, steerable electrode arrays for cochlear implant surgery and robotics for single-port access surgery. “Our lab is working to achieve holistic improvement to the way that robotics help deliver health care and in providing a cadre of robotics to researchers whose innovation is driving the medical robotics industry,” said Simaan, also a faculty affiliate of the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering. “This recognition is indicative that we’re moving in the right direction, and I am glad to be included in such
an esteemed group.” Simaan joined Vanderbilt in 2010. He received the NSF Career award for young investigators to design new algorithms and robots for safe interaction with the anatomy. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has served as editor for IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Robotics, editorial board member of Robotica, area chair for Robotics Science and Systems and corresponding co-chair for the IEEE Technical Committee on Surgical Robotics. He received his Ph.D. from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, in 2002.