University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


Surgical Robotic Tool Tracking

Tool Tracking   poly

This project included the development of a computer vision based approach to tool and anatomy tracking for robotic surgery. Using stereoscopic vision and a sophisticated tracking algorithm, the system can track the tip of a da Vinci tool in 3-dimensional space. From this information, algorithms can be implemented to analyze motion metrics which help gauge surgical skill. The researcher for this project was Rod Dockter. The code repository for this project can be found at