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Unraveling the Connection: How Cognitive Workload Shapes Intent Recognition in Robot-Assisted Surgery

Antonio Kruger Mansi Sharma
In: 2023 IEEE Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), October 1-4, Oahu, USA, IEEE, 2023.


Robot-assisted surgery has revolutionized the healthcare industry by providing surgeons with greater precision, reducing invasiveness, and improving patient outcomes. However, the success of these surgeries depends heavily on the robotic system’s ability to accurately interpret the intentions of the surgical trainee or even surgeons. One critical factor impacting intent recognition is the cognitive workload experienced during the procedure. In our recent research project, we are building an intelligent adaptive system to monitor cognitive workload and improve learning outcomes in robot assisted surgery. The project will focus on achieving a semantic understanding of surgeon intents and monitoring their mental state through an intelligent multi-modal assistive framework. This system will utilize brain activity, heart rate, muscle activity, and eye tracking to enhance intent recognition, even in mentally demanding situations. By improving the robotic system’s ability to interpret the surgeon’s intentions, we can further enhance the benefits of robot-assisted surgery and improve surgery outcomes.


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