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Autonomous Ultrasound-Guided Robotics to Support Trauma Patients: From Diagnostics to Hemorrhage Control

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Lidia Al-Zogbi

PhD Candidate

Mechanical Engineering Department

Johns Hopkins University


Trauma is among the leading causes of death in the United States with up to 29% of pre-hospital trauma deaths attributed to uncontrolled hemorrhages. Detecting life-threatening hemorrhages as soon as possible is crucial to increase patient survival chances, however invasive initial treatments en route to the hospital are often throttled when expert clinicians are a scarce resource, or are simply unavailable. In this talk, I will present how these shortcomings could be overcome by a user-independent autonomous robotic system I developed for initiating both diagnostics and interventional procedures to stabilize trauma patients. The robotic system can autonomously perform a standard ultrasound diagnostics exam, and offer critical support to first responders for initiating lifesaving hemorrhage control using intra-arterial balloon catheters. In particular, I will discuss the development process of a medical robotic system integrated with computer vision and medical imaging, autonomous ultrasound-guided robotic vascular access, and deep learning methods for predicting key intracorporeal anatomical landmarks.


Lidia Al-Zogbi is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, advised by Dr. Axel Krieger at the IMERSE Lab and Laboratory for Computation Sensing and Robotics. She received her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering with high distinction from the American University of Beirut in 2017, and her MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2019. She was a recipient of the Dean’s Creative Achievement award in 2017 for her Bachelor’s thesis, and the Dean’s Fellowship in 2019 at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on developing autonomous medical robotic systems for diagnostics and surgical interventions, in particular ultrasound-guided solutions for trauma care, and advancing robotically guided prostate biopsy technologies.

About the Seminar Series

The Future Leaders in Robotics and AI: Celebrating Diversity and Innovation Seminar Series is part of the University of Maryland and Microsoft Robotics and Diversity Initiative. This is a nationwide online seminar series for PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, or early-career professionals, especially underrepresented minorities and women. The seminar series highlights the latest research and innovation in the field of robotics and AI. The series is intended to provide exposure and mentorship opportunities to the speakers, build a network of innovators across the country, and support the speakers’ career planning.

The seminars are held once per month during the academic year. There are two speakers per seminar. Each speaker gives a 20-minute research presentation followed by a Q&A segment. Immediately after the second seminar, the speakers participate in a discussion with faculty.


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