About ERC

NsfA National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center

Recent advances in engineering and computer science will make it possible to overcome the traditional limitations in the planning and execution of surgical procedures.
The Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology (CISST) Engineering Research Center (ERC) was established by the National Science Foundation to encourage the research, education and technology transfer that will be needed to achieve three major goals:

  • Reduce surgical costs substantially
  • Improve clinical outcomes
  • Make healthcare delivery more efficient

The CISST ERC provides a collaborative environment for a three-way partnership between academe, NSF and industry. The university/hospital teams are:

  • Johns Hopkins University (lead institution and headquarters) and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Carnegie Mellon University and Shadyside Hospital

The CISST ERC also hosts several seminars throughout the year located on the JHU Homewood campus. Locations range from Maryland Hall 201, Latrobe 106 and other locations. Please view our seminars and events calendar to view times and locations for our upcoming seminars.