For more information, please see my research page.
Mar 4, 2019 - I have been invited to
give a talk in May at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The talk
is entitled "Combining robotics and AI to enable advanced treatment modalities in the head and neck."
Feb 8, 2019 - Our paper Towards flexible steerable instruments for
office-based laryngeal surgery. was selected as one of
the best 10 papers that describe new medical devices at
DMD 2019, and chosen to participate in the Three
July 1, 2018 - Alex Chiluisa has
accepted an offer to join the COMET lab as a PhD student
starting in the fall of this year. Welcome Alex!
Mar 9, 2018 - I have been invited to
give a talk at the University of New Hampshire. The talk
is entitled "Rise of the machines in the Operating Room: Using AI to build smarter, more dexterous surgical robots."
Feb 19, 2018 - I have been awarded
two seed grant proposals from WPI to develop new
technologies for laser surgery! The two proposals were
written in collaboration with Prof. Andrea
Arnold (Dept. of Mathematical Sciences) and Prof. Cosme
Furlong (Ctr. for Holographic Studies and Laser micro-mechaTronics).
Aug 14, 2017 - I have started my new position at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA.
O'Brien K, Boyer
ZR, Brolliar CT, Mart BG, Carroll TL, Fichera L.
Towards flexible steerable instruments for
office-based laryngeal surgery. Design of Medical
Devices Conference 2019.
Vu M, Banalagay RA, Zhang D, Rivas A, Fichera L, Webster R, Labadie RF, Noble JH.
Analysis of middle ear morphology for design of a
transnasal endoscope. SPIE Medical Imaging 2019.
Fichera L, Dillon NP, Zhang D, Godage IS, Siebold MA, Hartley BI, Noble JH, Russell PT, Labadie RF, Webster RJ.
Through the Eustachian Tube and Beyond: A New Miniature
Robotic Endoscope to See Into the Middle Ear. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. 2017 Jul;2(3):1488-94.
Fichera L, Messina F, Pappalardo G, Santoro C.
A Python framework for programming autonomous robots using a
declarative approach. Science of Computer Programming. 2017 Jun 1;139:36-55.
Kesler K, Dillon NP, Fichera L, Labadie RF.
Human Kinematics of Cochlear Implant Surgery: An
Insertion Micro-Motions and Speed Limitations. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2017 May 1:0194599817704391.
Dillon NP, Fichera L, Kesler K, Zuniga MG, Mitchell JE, Webster RJ, Labadie RF.
Pre-operative Screening and Manual Drilling Strategies to
Reduce the Risk of Thermal Injury During Minimally Invasive
Cochlear Implantation Surgery. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 2017 May 18:1-2.
Acemoglu A, Fichera L, Kepiro IE, Caldwell DG, Mattos LS.
Laser Incision Depth Control in Robot-Assisted Soft Tissue
Microsurgery. J Med Robot Res. 2017 Mar 27:1740006.