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Sam Frishman

  • Status = Stanford M.E. PhD graduate
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I completed my PhD in June 2021 in the department of mechanical engineering. I did my undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where I majored in mechanical engineering and minored in computer science. I grew up in Ames, Iowa.

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Research Interests

My work focuses on a teleoperated, force transparent manipulator for real-time image guided interventions. Details can be found here: Needle Manipulator

General research interests include:

  • Medical Robotics
  • Controls
  • Computer Vision and Machine Learning


Frishman, Samuel, Robert D. Ings, Vipul Sheth, Bruce L. Daniel, and Mark R. Cutkosky. "Extending Reach Inside the MRI Bore: a 7-DOF, Low-Friction, Hydrostatic Teleoperator." IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics (2021).

Frishman, Samuel, et al. "Selectively Compliant Annuloplasty Ring to Enable Annular Dynamics in Mitral Valve Repair Evaluated by In-Vitro Stereovision." Frontiers in Biomedical Devices. Vol. 83549. ASME, 2020.

Frishman, S., Kight, A., Pirozzi, I., Coffey, M.C., Daniel, B.L. and Cutkosky, M.R., "Enabling In-Bore MRI Guided Biopsies with Force Feedback," IEEE Transactions on Haptics (2020) 10.1109/TOH.2020.2967375

Gruebele, A., Frishman S. and Cutkosky, M.R., "Long-stroke rolling diaphragm actuators for haptic display of forces in teleoperation," IEEE RA-Letters, 2019. (10.1109/LRA.2019.2894867)

Burkhard, N., Frishman, S., Gruebele, A., Whitney, J.P., Goldman, R., Daniel, B.L., Cutkosky, M.R., "A rolling-diaphragm hydrostatic transmission for remote MR-guided needle insertion," IEEE ICRA 2017 (pdf). Best Robotics Paper Finalist

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