Teleoperation of a surgical robot via airborne wireless radio and transatlantic internet links

Mitchell J.H. Lum, Diana C.W. Friedman, Hawkeye H.I. King, Regina Donlin, Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, Timoty J. Broderick, Mika N. Sinanan, Jacob Rosen, Blake Hannaford

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

18 Scopus citations


Robotic assisted surgery generates the possibility of remote operation between surgeon and patient. We need better understanding of the engineering issues involved in operating a surgical robot in remote locations and through novel communication links between surgeon and surgery site. This paper describes two recent experiments in which we tested the RAVEN, a new prototype surgical robot manipulation system, in field and laboratory conditions. In the first experiment, the RAVEN was deployed in a pasture and ran on generator power. Telecommunication with the surgical control station was provided by a novel airborne radio link supported by an unmanned aerial vehicle. In the second experiment, the RAVEN was teleoperated via Internet between Imperial College in London and the BioRobotics Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle. Data are reported on surgeon completion times for basic tasks and on network latency experience. The results are a small step towards teleoperated surgical robots which can be rapidly deployed in emergency situations in the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationField and Service Robotics
Subtitle of host publicationResults of the 6th International Conference
EditorsChristian Laugier, Roland Siegwart
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringer Tracts in Advanced Robotics
ISSN (Print)1610-7438
ISSN (Electronic)1610-742X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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