J. Kenneth Salisbury, Jr.

Professor (Research)

Depts of Computer Science and Surgery

Stanford University


Professor Salisbury received his PhD from Stanford in Mechanical Engineering in 1982. At MIT from 1982-1999, he served as Principal Research Scientist in Mechanical Engineering and as a member of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.  Some of the projects with which he has been associated include the Salisbury (Stanford-JPL) Robot Hand, the JPL Force Reflecting Hand Controller, the MIT-WAM arm, and the Black Falcon Surgical Robot. His work with haptic interface technology led to the founding of SensAble Technologies Inc., producers of the PHANTOM haptic interface and 3D FreeForm software. In 1997 he joined the staff of Intuitive Surgical, in Mountain View CA, where as Fellow and Scientific Advisor his efforts focused on the development of telerobotic systems for the operating room. In the fall of 1999 he joined the faculty at Stanford in the Departments of Computer Science and Surgery where his research focuses on medical robotics and surgical simulation, and the design for robots for interaction with and near humans.  The most recent spinout from his lab resulted in the founding of the personal robotics program at www.willowgarage.com.  He has served on the National Science Foundation's Advisory Council for Robotics and Human Augmentation, as Scientific Advisor to Intuitive Surgical, Inc., as Technical Advisor to Robotic Ventures, Inc., as an expert witness in litigation in the fields of haptics and robotics, and as a member of the Board of Directors of AREON Flutes.