Lab News 2014-15

August 28, 2015

Thank you to the terrific group of SURI students (and their mentors) who worked in the CHARM Lab this summer. Here are the students and their projects/mentors:

  • Aaron Barron - Hapkit design and Virtual mass experiments (mentor: Tania and Jake)
  • Annalisa Taylor - Hapkit design (mentor: Melisa)
  • Andre Cornman - Robotic brain catheter (mentor: Lizmarie)
  • Zoe Goldblum - Robotic brain catheter (mentor: Margaret)
  • Brice Dudley - Robotic exoskeleton design (mentor: Sean)
  • Javier Reyna - Robotic exoskeleton design (mentor: Sean)
  • Gabe Haro - Human-robot collaboration for minimally invasive surgery (mentor: Yuhang)
  • Coleen Holden - Laboratory science using automated robotic lab assistants (mentor: Kamran and Antony)
  • Michael Raitor - Haptic feedback for ultrasound guidance (mentor: Julie)

August 7, 2015

We had three smart and enthusiastic high school researchers in the lab this summer:

  • Alyssa Lukpat - Robotic brain catheter (mentor: Andre)
  • Teresa Faasolo - Robotic exoskeleton design (mentor: Javier)
  • Alex Mallery - Haptic feedback for ultrasound guidance (mentor: Michael)

May 26-30, 2015

CHARM Lab members and past members attended ICRA 2015 in Seattle, WA. Our group included Allison, Joey, Yuhang, Zhan Fan, Nick, Lawrence, Cliff, Sean, Darrel, and Ilana. We also got to see Ann Majewicz and her new students from UT Dallas, as well as Dana Damian who is currently at Harvard Chidren's Hospital. Allison's former PhD student Robert Webster (now a professor at Vanderbilt) was awarded the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award. Also, our new postdoc Elliot Hawkes won a best student paper award for his work with Mark Cutkosky.

May 22, 2015

Nick Colonnese successfully defended his Ph.D. defense today -- congratulations! (Nick is shown below with his extended family.)

May 20, 2015

Congratulations to Zhan Fan Quek, who successfully defended his Ph.D. defense today! (Zhan Fan is shown below during his talk.)

May 4, 2015

Stanford ME holds its first Research Conference. Lizmarie presented her research during the oral session, and several other lab members presented posters.

March 29, 2015

Tania Morimoto is the first woman to finish the San Francisco Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, with a time of 1:20:54. Go Tania!

March 23-25, 2015

The CHARM Lab had a retreat in Kirkwood, CA. We had fun skiing, throwing snowballs, running, watching Big Hero 6, and ...yes... discussing research.

October 17, 2014

The Stanford-Berkeley Robotics Symposium is today! Lizmarie presented a poster about magnetic microcatheter manipulation, Andrew presented a poster about particle jamming haptic devices, and Allison gave a talk about our work on haptic feedback for teleoperation and augmented reality.

October 3, 2014

The Stanford Robotics Seminar is back! Please join us for food and student presentations approximately biweekly this year.

October 1, 2014

The Online Haptics Class (free for anyone) has been released as a self-paced course. Also, the new 3D printed Hapkit design has been released. Thank you to Akzl, Jeanny, Tania, Melisa, and Agnes for your contributions to the new design!

September 21, 2014

CHARM summer undergraduates Alexa Siu and Michael Lin Yang entered a Georgia Tech Hackathon, and here is their haptics-related entry: hapmotu. Way to keep up those haptics skills, Alexa and Michael!

September 14-18, 2014

CHARMers Troy Adebar, Ilana Nisky, and Allison Okamura, attended the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Chicago, Illinois. Troy presented his work on "Recursive Estimation of Needle Pose for Control of 3D-Ultrasound-Guided Robotic Needle Steering", and Ilana organized a workshop (in collaboration with Tony Jarc of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.) on The Role of Human Sensorimotor Control in Surgical Robotics. Allison gave a session keynote "Haptics in Robot-Assisted Surgery" and also talked about "The effect of robotic manipulators on surgeon movement" at Ilana's workshop. We had a great time in Chicago, including a bike tour of the lakefront area.

September 1, 2014

Our research was featured in an article in the New York Times. The article includes photos of current and former lab members Darrel Deo, Michele Rotella, Zhan Fan Quek, and Tania Morimoto.