Abhilash Pandya, Associate Professor: 

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

With Joint appointments in:

Department of Bioengineering and  Department of Surgery

Directs: Computer Assisted Robot Enhances Systems (CARES) Lab

At the Space Center in Houston, Installing and testing research software on NASA's Robot Arm 

Work History: Click for Summary
  • Certification Scientific Computing, Wayne State University. Focus on parallel-computing and numerical methods related to scientific/engineering applications.
(Signal Processing/Resistor/Capacitor Circuit model of Nerve conduction, programming) 
  • B.S. University of Michigan, Dearborn, Mi. 1986 Major: Biochem
    (Interest in Genetic Engineering), Honors with Distinction.
  • B.S.Minor : Computer Information Systems (with >30 Core credits) 
  • Senior Project: "Bioinformatics: Advanced Computing and Graphical User Interface Development for Chemical Network Analysis". Worked briefly with the 'father of genetic algorithms' John Holland
Contact Information

Fax: +1-313-577-1101
Email: apandya@ece.eng.wayne.edu
Office: ENG 3129- Map

Classes/ Office Hours
  • Office hours: Check my door at room ENG 3129
  • by appointment through email.

Classes Taught:

  • BE2550/ECE3040 Numerical Methods for Engineers- Core principles of computer programming and applications in design and implementation of numerical methods to solve engineering problems.
  • ECE 3620 Microcomputers (with 3 labs) – Assembly and c programming of a microcontroller for sensor inputs and processing. Includes advanced topics like interrupts and timing.
  • ECE 3300 Introduction to Electrical Circuits- Electrical quantities and waveforms; resistance and Ohm's law; networks and Kirchhoff's laws; network equivalents; nodal and mesh analysis; Thevenin's theorem and other network theorems. Sinusoidal steady-state response. First- and second-order systems.
  • ECE 5425  Introduction to Robotic System: Introduces students to the computational aspects of robotic which allow these systems to perform actions and interact intelligently with their environment.  The course has an array of Engineering topics include robotics foundations in kinematics, electronics, motion planning, programming and design.  Here are example projects for the class.



From 1986 to 1988 I worked as an Engineer for Virogen Inc. developing solutions for a robotics-based AIDS blood testing system. From 1988 to 1998 (10 years), I worked at NASA Johnson Space Center's Graphics Research and Analysis Facility, Remote Operator Interaction Laboratory(ROIL) and Anthropometrics and Biomechanics Laboratory, under various Lockheed Martin contracts for NASA’s Flight Crew Support Division.  My work involved primarily Space Station Robotics, Astronaut suit simulation, and the development of software for a fully-immerse human-model-based Virtual Reality system for Space Station applications.

From 1998 – 2002, Neurosurgery Department (Harper Hospital) I helped developed and supported Image Guided Surgery software for use in the operating room and lead a team of Engineers in research on Robotic and Image Guided Neurosurgery.

Since 2002, I have been at the ECE Department at Wayne first as an Assistant Professor of Research and then on the tenure track (2005) researching medical robotics, Raman for cancer detection, and application of robotics to space and the military.  I direct the CARES Laboratory.

Youtube Channel (careslab)

Medical Robotics/ Visualization:

Autonomous Camera System: An autonomous camera system has been implemented on the da Vinci standard medical robot. A similar system has been implemented on a laparoscopic system

Synchronized Recording and Playback of surgery for training: All movements and video are recorded and then played back on a da Vinci standard medical robot.

Image Guided Surgery- The development of a 'GPS' system for the brain. Multiple clients can log in and view the same data.  This show both Augmented and Virtual reality

Augmented Reality  Surgery - Here a live video view is augmented with 3D models of the brain. So the surgeon can get an 'X-Ray view' before he cuts.

Raman Robotics. Using Raman biosensors for cancer detection. Here a biosensor mounted on a robot is able to detect and display classification results in both augmented and virtual reality. 

Breast Cancer Robotics. We are working with Angott Medical Products to develop a breast cancer detection robotic system that will fuse multiple modalities to create a screening/early detection system for breast cancer. 

Zeus Medical Robotics(6 megs)- A surgeon controls a robot for remote operations. We are working on optimizing the interface, adding automation and sensors.

daVinci Medical Robot.  We now have a daVinci system in the lab.  Here is a video of  the latest system.

More Medical Robotics Videos

NASA/Military Robots:

NASA Roboticswith sound- A Physically-based virtial robot is overlaid on a camera view and can be used to control a satellite in microgravity.

NASA Telerobotics using Augmented Reality Cues.

Military Robotics- A soldier controls a mobile robot for under the car inspection. A robot arm holds sensors to assist in inspection. A 12 foot telescoping robot arm.

GardedTeleoperations--real combines with the virtual visual interfaces.

More Research Videos

Youtube (careslab)

More NASA Robotics Videos

More Military Robotics Videos

More Medical Robotics Videos

Autonomous Car: Working with Denso


Open Source Software:



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