Date: Tuesday, December 6th, 2022
Time: 6:00 PM – Reception with Cash Bar, 6:30 PM – Dinner, 7:00 PM Presentation
Location: University of Louisville Golf Club, 401 Champions Way, Simpsonville, KY 40067
Price: $20 members, guests, and students
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As NASA moves closer to sending humans to Mars and beyond, technology to enable surgery during long-range space travel is of great interest. We are developing technology to provide such capability in the unique environment of zero gravity, and have successfully deployed an automated suborbital experiment on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two in 2021. UofL’s Louisville Automation and Robotics Research institute (LARRI) is exploring these and other cutting-edge technologies, such as neuro-adaptive control algorithms, robotic nursing assistants, soft sensors to realize robotic skin, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to assist children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), digital twins, and drone technology.

Speaker: Dr. Tommy Roussel

Dr. Tommy Roussel is the Associate Director of LARRI and an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Louisville. He has a BA in Chemistry from the University of New Orleans, an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech, and the PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville. Since 2015, Dr. Roussel has been developing an Aqueous Immersion Surgical System (AISS) to study the ability to perform surgical procedures in zero gravity during long-range space missions, such as when NASA sends humans to Mars. He is currently developing a sensorized rocking chair “Rockin’Rehab” for pediatric spinal cord injury patients that includes a variety of sensors (force, tactile, rotation, acceleration, center of mass) to assess a patient’s level of trunk control, a fundamental metric that provides insight into improvements gained through a unique therapy called “Locomotor Training”.

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