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Machine Automation, Perception and Learning (MAPLE) Lab

Welcome to the MAPLE Lab! We aim to develop algorithms to model systems, environments, and our interactions with both. One major focus of our work is in providing guidance in robotic surgeries. We are part of Vanderbilt’s department of computer science and affiliated with the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE).

Some of our current projects include developing learning-based models of soft-tissue to estimate deformations, using eye-gaze trackers to measure cognitive loads during the use of surgical robots, and learning what makes a good camera view during surgery.

We’re also putting our robot together!

Yizhou and Leo assembling the base to mount the da Vinci Research Kit
Yizhou and Leo assembling the base to mount the da Vinci Research Kit

Surgeon console for the dVRK
Surgeon console for the dVRK

Vision system of the dVRK
Vision system of the dVRK

Prospective graduate students: We’re hiring! Please apply to Vanderbilt University’s computer science department. Mention in your application MAPLE lab and why you’re interested in joining. You can also reach out to Dr. Wu to discuss research opportunities.