Title of the Talk: Complementing Surgeons with Situation Awareness using Computer Vision

Abstract: Surgical robotic tools and digitally enhanced operating theaters have been giving surgeons a helping hand for years. While they provide great control, precision, and flexibility to the surgeons, they don’t yet address the cognitive assistance needs in the operating theater. We are on the verge of a new wave of innovations in artificial intelligence-powered surgical theater technologies, and surgery is increasingly becoming data-driven. We believe that situation awareness is a key step towards automation in surgery, and we envision situation-aware operating theater technologies that are able to use data to perceive their environment, comprehend ongoing activities and processes, project outcomes of a number of possible actions, and complement the surgical team by providing real-time guidance during complex tasks and unexpected events. The recent advances in computer vision and machine learning, combined with surgical knowledge representation can answer these needs. In this talk, we will explore how we can reduce the problem of situation awareness in the operating theater to a set of computer vision and machine learning problems.Bio: Dr. Duygu Sarikaya is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Engineering at Gazi University. She received her MS and PhD from University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and her BS from TOBB University of Economics and Technology. She is a FULBRIGHT alumna. She was formerly a Post-doctoral Researcher at MediCIS, INSERM, Universite de Rennes 1 working on Connected Optimized Network & Data in Operating Rooms Project with multiple academic and industrial partners, funded by BPI France, a Project Coordinator and Researcher at ATLAS Program, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, working in close collaboration with clinicians on Deep Blue Project, funded by the Roswell Alliance Foundation, and a Research Assistant at Vision and Perceptual Machines Lab on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) project in collaboration with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has served as a board member of Women in MICCAI (WiM). Her research interests span defining the technologies of artificial intelligence-powered, context-aware healthcare applications. More specifically, she works on surgical vision and perception, surgical data science, and medical image computing.

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Talk: Complementing Surgeons with Situation Awareness using Computer Vision
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26th June 2022, 08.00