Nabil Simaan received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa,Israel, in 1996, 1999, and 2002, respectively. His Masters and Ph.D. research focused on the design, synthesis, and singularity analysis of parallel robots for medical applications, stiffness synthesis,and modulation for parallel robots with actuation and kinematic redundancies. Both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. reserach were carried out under the supervision of Dr. Moshe Shoham. In 2003, he was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology (ERC-CISST), Baltimore, MD, where he focused on minimally invasive robotic assistance in confined spaces. His post-doctoral reserach was carried under the supervision of Dr. Russell H. Taylor. In 2005, he joined Columbia University, New York, NY, as an Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering and the Director of the Advanced Robotics and Mechanisms Applications (ARMA) Laboratory.
During the course of his research, he designed and constructed compact parallel robots for medical applications and compact and down scalable surgical slaves for minimally invasive surgery of the throat and upper airway.
In 2009 he received the NSF Career award for young investigators to design new algorithms and robots for safe interaction with the anatomy.
Broadly speaking, I am interested in medical applications of surgical robotics and intervention. My current applied research interests include synthesis of novel robotic systems for surgical assistance in confined spaces with applications to minimally invasive surgery of the throat, natural orifice surgery, cochlear implant surgery, and dexterous bimanual microsurgery. Theoretical aspects of my reserach include theoretical kinematics of mechanisms, synthesis and optimization of robots and mechanisms, design of flexure mechanisms and flexible robots, parallel robots, applications of line geometry tools and screw theory for analysis and synthesis of robotic devices, applications of actuation redundancy and kinematic redundancy for stiffness control (modulation), applications of algebraic geometry methods for polynomial system solving related to mechanism designs, optimal path planing and insertion of flexible under actuated robots.
I am interested in creating novel curriculum that involved undergraduate and graduate students with hands-on learning experience for design, robotics, and medical robotics. I have previously tought and developed new courses on Computer-Aided Design, Machine Component Design, Introduction to Robotics, Advanced Topics in Robotics and Mechanism Synthesis.
In addition to supervising graduate students for reserach and teaching these courses, I welcome high-school students, undergraduate students, and science teachers. I try to define educational experiences that are complementary to ongoing reserach in the lab while intrducing Matlab, Pro/Engineer, and other programming and science skills to students and teachers.