Laura Connolly is a Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, Canada. She is mentored by Dr. Gabor Fichtinger, Dr. Parvin Mousavi and Dr. Russell H. Taylor. As of June 2023, Laura is on her second visiting studentship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, USA.

Laura began researching computer-integrated surgery in 2018 as an undergraduate researcher before entering her graduate studies in 2020. Her research is now primarily focused on the application of robotics and image guidance for margin detection in breast-conserving surgery.

Talk description:

At HSMR 2023, Laura will be presenting on “SlicerROS2: ROS for Medical Robots” as part of the workshop on Open-Source Software for Surgical Technologies. This talk will focus on a software platform called SlicerROS2, which was built to support the research and development of image-guided robotic systems. SlicerROS2 is part of a multi-center, multi-national effort to create a central development platform for medical robotics research and is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01EB020667 (MPI: Tokuda, Krieger, Fuge, Leonard). This presentation will be used to demonstrate the capabilities of this new platform and open discussion for next steps and potential use-cases.