J. Kenneth Salisbury, Jr.
of Computer Science and Surgery
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.