Fred Kaiser 3060
2322 Main Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T1Z4
phone: 6048223243
fax: 6048225949
C.A. Laszlo Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Canada Research Chair

Septimiu (Tim) E. Salcudean recieved the B.Eng 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 holds the Laszlo Chair in Biomedical Engineering and a Canada Research Chair. He spent one year at ONERA in Toulouse, France, in 1996 – 1997, where he held a Killam Research Fellowship. From 01/2005 to 06/2005 he was on a sabbatical visit at CNRS/TIMG/GMCAO in Grenoble, with Dr. Jocelyne Troccaz.  Professor Salcudean has been a co-organizer of the Haptics Symposium from 2000 – 2002, of a Haptics, Virtual Reality, and Human Computer Interaction Workshop at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, and a Technical Editor(1992 – 1994) and Senior Editor(1994 – 2000) of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation.

Guy Nir, Postdoctoral Fellow
Mohammad Honarvar, Postdoctoral Fellow
Caitlin Schneider, PhD candidate (co-supervised with Rob Rohling)
Jeff Abeysekera, PhD candidate (co-supervised with Rob Rohling)
Omid Mohareri, PhD candidate
Hamid Moradi, PhD candidate
Corey Kelly, PhD candidate
Julie Hemily, MaSc (co-supervised with Sid Fels)
Angelica Ruszkowski, MaSc (co-supervised with Sid Fels)
Irene Tong, MaSc (co-supervised with Sid Fels)
Yasmin Halwani, MaSc (co-supervised with Sid Fels)
Tom Curran, Undergraduate student

Research Interests

Measurement-based anatomical model building. Ultrasound elastography and its applications to medical diagnosis and interventions. Medical robotics and image guidance. Devices, systems and controls for computer interfaces with force feedback, teleoperation and virtual environments.

Current Research Projects

Ultrasound Elastography
Ultrasound Guided Robotic Surgery
Simulation and Path Planning of Needle Insertions in Deformable Tissue
Prostate Brachytheraphy

For a complete list of publications, as seen by Google, click here.

EECE 487 Introduction to Robotics
EECE 360 System and Control
  • Office hours (Kaiser 3060): Monday 13:00-14:00, Thursday 11:00-12:00 or by e-mail appointment.

Other courses taught in the past: 

We are currently recruiting new MASc and PhD students in the field of medical imaging and biomedical devices. Full research assistantship support is available. Students holding major scholarships, e.g. NSERC or other national scholarships, are urged to apply at any time, and should indicate this in their communication. NSERC students are eligible for top up scholarships. Students from EE, MECH and PHYS are encouraged to apply. Previous background in biomedical engineering is less important than academic quality. In order to be considered for graduate studies you must formally apply to either the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, or the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC. We accept students from both departments so you can choose the one that fits your background and research interests. Another option is the Biomedical Engineering program. All applications are carefully reviewed by staff and faculty in the respective department to which you apply. The formal application process is via the Internet

We receive a large number of e-mails requesting acceptance to UBC or advice on academic careers. It is not possible for us to respond to all of these emails, so accept our apology if we do not respond to your email. Students with strong academic qualifications are encouraged to submit formal applications to UBC. We will review formal applications to our department that meet UBC Graduate Studies requirements and indicate interest in studying in our lab. If you wish to study with me, please add our names as a potential supervisor to your application so that it will be flagged to our attention. Feel free to e-mail us that you have done so, and add a short description of why you wish to study in my research area.

We accept a combination of Canadian and international students. We look closely at applicants with good grades from an IIT (India), Sharif, Tehran, Amir Kabir and Isfahan University of Technology (Iran), Tsinghua University (China), and good universities in Europe and Canada.