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VISE Spring Seminar Alan Kuntz, PhD, 3.23.23

Posted by on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 in News.

VISE Spring Seminar
to be led by

Alan Kuntz, PhD
Assistant Professor
Robotics Center and Kahlert School of Computing
University of Utah

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023
Time: 11:45 a.m. Lunch, 12:00 p.m. start
Location: Stevenson 5326


Deformable objects and continuum robots: novel mechanical and algorithmic solutions to leverage robots in surgical and interventional medicine


Improving the capabilities of robots in medicine requires innovation in both robot design and computational methods. In this talk, I will discuss recent research from my lab on both topics. I will present new continuum robot designs at both meso- and micro-scales intended for procedures in delicate tissues such as the brain and eyes. I will also present data-driven and model-driven algorithmic methods we have developed to model, control, and plan motions for continuum, deformable robots and deformable tissue in the human body.


Alan Kuntz is an assistant professor in the Robotics Center and the Kahlert School of Computing at the University of Utah. He leads a highly interdisciplinary research lab consisting of computer scientists, mechanical engineers, electrical and computer engineers, and applied mathematicians. His research focuses on the design of automation and machine learning methods for robots and on the mechanical design and control of novel robotic systems with healthcare applications.

Prior to joining the University of Utah, he was a postdoctoral research scholar at Vanderbilt University in the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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