Robert J. Webster, III received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA, in 2002, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA, in 2004 and 2007, respectively.
In 2008, he joined the Faculty of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA, where he is currently a Richard A. Schroeder Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Otolaryngology, Neurological Surgery, Urologic Surgery, and Medicine, which includes interventional pulmonology. He directs the Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory, and cofounded the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering, which brings together physicians and engineers to solve challenging clinical problems.
He also co-founded and serves as the President of Virtuoso Surgical, Inc. and EndoTheia, Inc., Nashville, TN, USA. His research interests include surgical robotics, image-guided surgery, and continuum robotics. Dr. Webster was the recipient of the IEEE RAS Early Career Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the RSS Early Career Spotlight Award, the IEEE Volz Award, and the Vanderbilt Engineering Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was the Chair of the SPIE Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling Conference, an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS, a charter member of the NIH Imaging Guided Interventions and Surgery Study Section, and is currently an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Robotics Research.
Talk: Autonomy in Transendoscopic Robotic Surgery