Teleoperation, Force Sensing, Haptics and Control Issues in Medical Robotics

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Teleoperation, Force Sensing, Haptics and Control Issues in Medical Robotics

An esteemed London IEEE Member, Dr. Rajni Patel, has been awarded IEEE Canada's 2021 A.G.L. McNaughton Award.  Recipients of this medal are outstanding Canadian engineers recognized for their exemplary contributions to the engineering profession.

As part of recognizing this award, we have invited Dr. Patel to provide an overview of his research interests.


Teleoperated (leader-follower) robotic systems offer advantages to the user of increased dexterity and precision, tremor filtering, motion repeatability, and the possibility of autonomous or semi-autonomous functions.  In the time of a pandemic such as COVID-19, they provide a means of improved safety for healthcare workers through the possibility of performing certain functions from short or long distances such as patient monitoring, assessment and treatment.  However, these teleoperated systems also have some disadvantages, primarily as a result of limitations of the current technology.  These issues will be discussed in the talk in the context of two specific areas of application: robotics-assisted medical interventions and robotics for neurological movement disorders.  Particular focus will be on issues arising from the absence of accurate haptic (sense of touch) feedback which prevents reflection to the user of realistic interaction forces between a robot and a patient or objects in the robot’s environment.  The role of haptics-based teleoperation will be discussed based on experimental studies to highlight the key issues associated with incorporating force sensing, haptics and teleoperation in patient-oriented robotic systems and the advantages and potential uses of such interaction in specific applications.

Date and Time

  • Date: 17 Jun 2021
  • Time: 12:30 PM to 01:45 PM
  • All times are America/Toronto
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  • London, Ontario
  • Canada



  • Starts 24 May 2021 01:49 PM
  • Ends 17 June 2021 12:30 PM
  • All times are America/Toronto
  • No Admission Charge


Dr. Rajni Patel

Dr. Rajni Patel



12:30 Welcome and Introductions


12:45 Dr Rajni Patel's presentation


13:30 Q&A session