10,000 years ago, primitive doctors bored holes in the head to cure patients. Now the “brains” of a computer are saving lives and preventing disease. So what’s next?
Somebody linked me this nice infographic called “The Digitization of Health Care“. It presents a nice overview about how technology has deeply changed the world of medicine, and it brings some interesting information about Medical Robotics. Click on the links I added if you want to read my posts I wrote about these subjects 🙂
6 ways technology is improving healthcare
• Internet can be a main source of medical information
• Healthcare facilities, particularly hospitals, are using social media to establish contact with patients
• Better treatment leads to less suffering
• Patient care is safer and more reliable
• Thanks to smartphones and tablets, doctors are easier to reach
• Search engines like Google have been able to accurately predict medical trends such as flu outbreaks
• Special software is available to examine the heart and prevent heart attacks before they occur
• Artificial muscles feature smart technology that allows them to function more like real muscles.
• Robotic surgery assistants can not only pass the correct tools to doctors, but also keep track of these tools and learn about a doctor’s preferences
I spent the first year of my PhD in Brest, at the LaTIM laboratory (Télécom Bretagne). I wrote a short post about it, giving a brief description of its research topics and some contacts. Currently, I’m carrying out the second year of this project in Montpellier, in another laboratory called LIRMM. Et voilà a new post with a quick description of this lab and its robotics department 🙂
LIRMM research activities cover a broad range of topics, ranging from informatics to systems, from technology to people and applications, including:
Design and verification of integrated, mobile and communicating systems,
Agent-based modelling of complex systems,
Research on algorithms, bioinformatics, human-machine interaction, robotics and more.
Work is carried out in three main scientific research departments, each of which is organized into project teams:
The Informatics department covers topics that range from the leading edge of modern mathematics to applied research: graph algorithms, bioinformatics, cryptography, networks, databases and information systems (data integration, data mining, coherency maintenance), software engineering (programming languages, objects, components, models), artificial intelligence (learning, constraints, knowledge representation, multi-agent systems) and human-machine interaction (natural language, visualization, Web semantics and e-learning).
The Microelectronics department carries out cutting-edge research in the fields of designing and testing integrated systems and micro-systems, with a focus on architectural aspects, modelling and methodology.
The Robotics department concentrates on issues related to synthesis, monitoring and management of complex dynamic systems (robots, robot/life interfaces), as well as navigation, localisation and steering of local and remote autonomous vehicles, and image analysis, coding and processing. The main research themes are the design of mechanical systems, the modeling, identification and control of robots, and perception. The department’s privileged field of application is health-related robotics applications (medical, handicaps), with activities that also include fields such as industry manufacturing and robotic exploration.