Tag: Department of Computer Science

Social media conspiracy theories could undermine efforts to combat Zika virus, experts caution

May 25, 2016

Social media users who share conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific claims about the Zika virus may undermine upcoming efforts to keep the disease from spreading, according to a study published online today by the journal Vaccine. The researchers behind the study—from Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and the University of Georgia—say the misinformation they detected […]

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Washington Post: Robots are doing animal surgery all on their own. Will they soon be operating on you?

May 5, 2016

The Washington Post reported on a study published May 4 in Science Translational Medicine, in which a team of scientists that included WSE computer scientist Simon Leonard announced the first successful, totally robotic soft-tissue surgery in pigs. By some measures, they say that their robot surgeon actually outperformed human doctors. Leonard is an assistant research professor in the […]

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Computer scientist programs autonomous robot for “soft tissue” surgery

May 5, 2016

https://www.cs.jhu.edu/~sleonard/SZI_STAR_Promo_Video_10-30-2015.mp4 Not even the surest surgeon’s hand is quite as steady and consistent as a robotic arm built of metal and plastic, programmed to perform the same motions over and over. So could it handle the slippery stuff of soft tissues during a surgery? Simon Leonard, an assistant research professor in the Department of Computer […]

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