Surgical Robots and Biomedical

LYOFN25 (Available for the 1st period: 14:00 – 15:20)

Meltem Elitaş

Interdisciplinary studies have recently begun to replace conventional approaches in engineering education and practice. Health, Environment and Energy are the leading interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary study areas. And at the intersection of these three priority areas is Bioengineering and Biomedical applications. It is an area where electrical and electronic, mechanical, computer and materials engineers work alongside biology, physics, mathematics or chemistry graduates, and medical doctors. Multidisciplinary fields such as Bioengineering and Biomedical focus on health, finding solutions to environmental or energy issues, or developing new theories, devices, techniques and tools by studying beings in nature.

The objective of the course is to give basic microfluid and microfabrication knowledge, and discuss laboratory tests performed on microchips (lab-on-a-chip), generating organs on microchips (organ-on-a-chip), micro-devices developed for infectious disease and cancer studies, and biomedical technologies used in surgeries. Surgical robots will be examined in two categories: macro scale (Da Vinci) and micro scale (microswimmers). The use of surgical robots and the needs in this area will be presented in a lecture by General Surgeon Associate Professor Tuğrul Tansuğ, MD. At the end of the course, students will have learned more about microfluids and microfabrication, and understood their applications in biology and medicine.