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Challenge Ahead: Integrating Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and 3D Printing Technologies into Canada’s Healthcare System

By 11/12/2017September 7th, 2018No Comments

On Oct. 31st, Jayant and Shiyuan went to the conference held by the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology at University of Ottawa.

The Honourable Senator Ogilvie first gave his speech on the need of healthcare system using advanced technologies and its future, seconded by the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C. pointed out that we are still facing challenges in scientific limits and regulation issues. Senator Petitclerc then gave her opinion on the buoyant cost in healthcare and the need for efficient deployment of the infrastructure investment.

After the press conference,  members experienced some prominent achievement in healthcare technology from University of Ottawa on robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D printing. Researchers demonstrated some biology intelligent robots with expressive faces and a “skin” for robotic hands (from 3D printing) that can “feel” and respond to pressure and temperature. A visit to the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital allowed members to see and examine a broad range of 3D printed objects and watch the creation of a 3D heart model on the hospital’s on-site commercial sized 3D printer. Members also tried the VR glasses that enable physicians “look” and “go” inside the patient’s body parts.

A 3D printing machine is making a human bone.

Jayant was shaking hands with a “digital twin” that developed at the Multimedia Communications Research Lab (MCRLab) at the University of Ottawa.

Different body parts made from 3D printing, which are 1:1 size to real human organs.