UCF Medical Robotics Laboratory

Room 302, Harris Engineering Center (HEC)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Central Florida

4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Orlando, Florida 32816



Faculty Members: Charles Hughes (Computer Science), Alain Kassab (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Eytan Pollak (ECE), Vipul Patel (College of Medicine), Zhihua Qu (ECE), Roger Smith (Florida Hospital)


  Faculty Lab Director: Zhihua Qu







Mission: The Medical Robotics Laboratory is to bring together a team of faculty from UCF and local hospitals, to educate our students the state-of-art techniques in medical robotic surgery, and to conduct multidisciplinary research in tele-surgery, mixed and augmented virtual reality, surgical simulation and rehearsal, virtual mentoring, and other technologies of medical robotics.





  Acknowledgements: The Lab was supported in part by Florida Biomedical Engineering Partnership.






Current Lab Members 


Allison Gadd

Graduate Student

M.Sc. in Biomed. Eng. from Wright State University
Phone: 321-287-1887
Email: allisongadd@knights.ucf.edu


Robert Short

Undergraduate Student
Phone: 954-464-7486
Email: rshort@knights.ucf.edu


Laboratory Facility and Equipment

The main equipment of UCF's Medical Robotics Laboratory is a dual-arm RAVEN III medical robot: 



Research Topics

  • Tele-surgical systems, and synchronization under large latency
  • Heptics
  • 3-D modeling
  • Virtual mentoring
  • Surgical rehearsal
  • Micro-robots, single-port instruments, dexterous manipulation
  • Man-machine (surgeon-robot) interface


Teaching Experiments  

  • Kinematics

  • Inverse kinematics
  • Jacobian
  • Dynamics
  • Modeling of organs
  • Path planning and collision avoidance
  • Control of robotic manipulators
  • Force control and heptics
  • Virtual reality
  • RAVEN III experiments




  • Medical robotics: Case studies
  • Ethics and safety
  • Site visit: Florida Hospital at Celebration