Douglas Perrin


  Let us start with personal history: I received my PhD. From Computer Science at the University of Minnesota in 2002 under the supervision of Prof. Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos. My thesis topic centered on the application of computer vision to robotics. Haveing also received my undergraduate and masterís degrees from the U of M, I had a lot of opportunity to be involved in the department. As an under graduate I was the president of the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and later as a graduate student I was the president of the computer science graduate student association. Where I had the pleasure of being a member of a number of committees, my favorite (although the most work) was faculty recruiting. While at Minnesota I also had the opportunity to teach a couple of classes, my favorite was Artificial intelligence and my least favorite was a language design class (because it was a summer term).

After leaving Minnesota, ink still wet on my Doctorate, I took a position as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Harvard Univerity Bio-Robotics Lab under the mentorship of Prof. Robert Howe. This is where I am now engaged in biomedical research. Our lab focuses on surgical robotics, computer vision for surgical assistance, haptic interfaces, robotics control and tissue modeling.

If you want more information on my academic path and interests, my full curriculum vitae is online as aPDF file.

For recreation I like yoga, indoor rock climbing, and playing Go. I wouldnít say I am expert at any of the above but I have a lot of fun anyway. This summer I may try too learn how to sail on the Charles and I am trying to convince my lab mates to take a canoe trip. I enjoy visiting friends in Philly, New Orleans and San Francisco. Sadly, I have not traveled abroad for a couple of years but this summer has possibilities. Some nights I like hanging out listening to music. I am a closet vinyl (records) junky. I built my vacuum tube amplifier from the circut design (pspice) to the milling of an enclosure (Thanks help, Stan!). Other evenings I drag a friend of two out to clubs of varying repute. Iím sure this seems a bit dull or at least overly intellectual. That is not really the case, I have done a lot that was far from intellectual Ö. for example I worked in a carnival during the summers while in graduate school.

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Dr. Douglas Perrin

Howe Group, Deas,

Harvard University

60 oxford st.

cambridge, MA 02138