Robots for health care

January 30th, 2007

Davinci surgical robot WYPR reporter Melody Simmons did a radio story on the use of robotics in health care, Hopkins Scientists Bestowing Sense of Touch To Medical Robots, that included a brief interview with UMBC CSEE faculty member Marie desJardins.

Marie DesJardins is a computer science professor at UMBC. She said that while robots have been around for about 30 years, they are just now beginning, to borrow a human phrase, to multi-task.

    “What’s going to happen next is we’re going to have more and more intelligent robots that actually do start making decisions.”

DesJardins says some robots are already making medical decisions, such as life support machines and respirators. They are controlled by computers, yet have a human in the loop.

An MP3 is available here