Project neuroArm at Foothills Hospital is leading this proposal to put a surgical robot on the space station.  (NeuroArm, a state-of-the-art neurosurgical robot, was built by MDA Robotics, the same company that built Canadarm and Canadarm2).  The University of Calgary is providing funding to get this project off the ground, as part of the New Earth-Space Technologies (NEST) research strategy.  Chris's group is investigating the control system architectures that will be required for this system, and we are currently recruiting graduate students to work on it. You can read more about it by clicking below.

Chris has previously been interested in haptics and how it can be used for surgical telerobotics.  Here are some links to the group's publications on haptics and surgical robots.

Macnab Publications S. Doctolero, S., E. Veenstra, C.J.B. Macnab, and P. Goldsmith, Hybrid Force-Position Robot Control: An Artificial Neural Network Backstepping Approach.
     IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics & Cognitive Computing,
    (Berkeley), pp. 103-110, 2018.

R. L'Orsa and C. J. B. Macnab. Experimental evaluation of adaptive CMAC haptic control for teleoperation of compliant-joint manipulators.
    IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics
    (Edinburgh), pp. 1087 - 1092, 2017.

L’Orsa, R., C.J.B. Macnab , and M. Tavakoli. Introduction to haptics for neurosurgeons.
    Vol. 72 No. 1, pp. A139-A153, 2013.

L’Orsa, R.,  K. Zareinia, L. S. Gan, C. Macnab, and G. Sutherland, Potential tissue puncture notification during telesurgery
8th International Workshop Haptic and Audio Interaction Design, Revised Selected Papers
    ( Daejeon, Korea) pp. 30-39 April, 2013

Richert D., C.J.B. Macnab, and J.K. Pieper, Adaptive haptic control for telerobotics transitioning between free, soft, and hard environments.
    IEEE Transactions on Man, Systems, and Cybernetics Part A
    Vol. 42 Issue: 3, pp. 558-570, 2012.

Richert, D.,  C.J.B. Macnab, and J.K. Pieper. Adaptive control for haptics with time-delay.
    Proc. IEEE Conf. on Decision and Control,
   (Atlanta), pp. 3650 – 3655, Dec. 2010.

Richert, D., C.J.B. Macnab, and J.K. Pieper. Force-force bilateral haptic control using adaptive backstepping with tuning functions.
   Proc. IEEE/ASME Int. Conf. Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics,
   (Montreal), pp. 341-346 ,July, 2010.

Richert, D.,  and C.J.B. Macnab. Direct adaptive force feedback for haptic control with time delay.
     Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. Science and Technology for Humanity,
     pp. 893–897, Toronto, Oct. 2009.