Tim Salcudean received his B. Eng (Hons.) and M.Eng degrees from McGill University and the Ph.D. degree from U.C. Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1986 to 1989, he was a Research Staff Member in the robotics group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He then joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, where he is now a Professor and holds a Canada Research Chair and the C.A. Laszlo Chair in Biomedical Engineering. He is also an Associate Member in the Department of Urologic Sciences. Professor Salcudean spent one year at ONERA-CERT (aerospace controls laboratory) in Toulouse, France, in 1996-1997, where he held a Killam Research Fellowship, and six months, during 2005, in the medical robotics group (GMCAO) at CNRS in Grenoble, France. Prof. Salcudean has been a co-organizer of several symposia on haptic interfaces and has served as a Technical and Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and of the IEEE.
Dr. Salcudean’s research focuses on ultrasound, teleoperation and image-guided surgical robotics. With Dr. Rohling, he has developed imaging methods to measure tissue mechanical properties; with clinical collaborators, he explores their correlation with disease. His current work with Drs. Goldenberg and Black in imaging prostate cancer aims to improve diagnosis and robot-assisted surgery.