Dr. Mahdi Tavakoli
Dr. Mahdi Tavakoli

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Alberta

9211, 116 St NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1H9

mahdi.tavakoli@ualberta.ca

Dr. Mahdi Tavakoli

Robot-Assisted Beating-Heart Surgery


Health Innovation

The robot-assisted beating-heart surgery is an ultrasound image-guided surgical robotic system that moves the surgical tool tip in synchrony with the beating heart. This allows surgeons to operate through teleoperation on a virtually stabilized point on the heart.

How does this innovation change the world?

Robots offer a much higher motion accuracy, repeatability and performance robustness than humans and less invasive routes for performing surgeries, quicker execution of tasks, and the ability to fuse and act on vast amounts of data intra-operatively.

Why Edmonton?

Surgeons will have the opportunity to tap into the vast amount of data gathered by computer-integrated surgical in order to personalize a procedure for a specific patient. Tailoring the procedure for the specific needs of each patient will be made easier.

What does the future look like?

Surgeons will have the opportunity to tap into the vast amount of data gathered by computer-integrated surgical in order to personalize a procedure for a specific patient. Tailoring the procedure for the specific needs of each patient will be made easier.

“Something that makes me really excited is if a robot can open up an entirely new treatment option.”