Tian Xia (夏天)

einsdot 'at' gmail.com / 410-929-1886 

I currently work at ATR in Columbia, MD. 
I was a doctoral research assistant at the Johns Hopkins University in the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) till 2012. My PhD thesis advisor was Dr. Peter KazanzidesI was supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship from 2008 to 2011. I also worked with Dr. Louis Whitcomb, and Dr. Russell H. Taylor

My interests are in intelligent robotic assistance and collaboration in medicine, space, manufacturing and other human centered activities, where the combination of the human's decision making abilities and the robot's precision and reliability makes physical tasks, easier, simpler and less prone to error. I have strong interests in robotics commercialization, by transitioning technology from academia to industry, from prototypes to products, finally into to people's homes, factories, dangerous environments and space, see Bill Gates' article on robots in every home

Selected Publications 

On-Orbit Satellite Servicing (media coverage 1, 2 )
  • T. Xia, S. Leonard, I. Kandaswamy, P. Kazanzides. Model-Based Telerobotic Control with Virtual Fixtures For Satellite Servicing Tasks. ICRA 2013, Karlsruhe, Germany. May 2013.   
  • T. Xia, S. Leonard, A. Deguet, P. Kazanzides. Augmented Reality Environment with Virtual Fixtures for Robotic Telemanipulation in Space. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Portugal, Oct 2012.
  • T. Xia, S. Leonard, A. Deguet, P. Kazanzides, Remote Robotic Telemanipulation with Time Delay For Satellite Servicing. IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications (TePRA). Boston, MA, April 2012.  
Teleoperation Architecture
  • T. Xia, A. Kapoor, P. Kazanzides, R. Taylor. A Constrained Optimization Approach to Virtual Fixtures for Multi-Robot Collaborative Teleoperation. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), San Francisco, CA, Sept, 2011.
  • M. Balicki, T. Xia, P. Kazanzides, A. Deguet. Prototyping a Hybrid Cooperative and Tele-robotic Surgical System for Retinal Microsurgery. MICCAI Workshop on Systems and Architecture for Computer Assisted Interventions, Toronto, Canada, Sept 2011.
  • J. Bohren, K. Guerin, T. Xia, G. Hager, P. Kazanzides, L. Whitcomb. Toward Practical Semi-Autonomous Teleoperation; Do What I Intend, Not What I Do. IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts. Sept 2011.
Robotics Software and Systems 
  • M.Y. Jung, T. Xia, A. Deguet, R. Kumar, R. Taylor, P. Kazanzides. A Surgical Assistant Workstation (SAW) Application for a Teleoperated Surgical Robot System. MICCAI Workshop on Systems and Architecture for Computer Assisted Interventions, also Midas Journal: http://hdl.handle.net/10380/3079, Sept 2009.
Robotics For Skull-base Surgery
  • T. Xia, C. Baird, G. Jallo, K. Hayes, N. Nakajima, N. Hata, P. Kazanzides. An integrated system for planning, navigation and robotic assistance for skull base surgery. The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery. Volume 4 Issue 4, Pages 321 - 330. 2009.
  • T. Haidegger, T. Xia, P. Kazanzides. Accuracy improvement of a neurosurgical robot system. BioRob, IEEE RAS & EMBS, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, 2008.
  • P. Kazanzides, T. Xia, C. Baird, G. Jallo, K. Hayes, N. Nakajima, N. Hata. A Cooperatively-Controlled Image Guided Robot System for Skull Base Surgery. The 16th Annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference, Long Beach, California, USA, 2008. 


PhD., MSE, Computer Science (Robotics), 2012
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 
Advisor: Dr. Peter Kazanzides

BSE, Cum Laude, Electrical Engineering, 2006 
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

I got married on 10/20/13! 

I am a Baltimore Ravens fan. Go Ravens! Superbowl Champion 2012-13!

I am an alum of the Summer Science Program in the mountain retreat of Ojai, California in summer 2001; the program is sponsored by MIT, CalTech and the Sandia National Lab and was established in 1959 to educate young people in science, in response to the launch of the Sputnik satellite. I had a fantastic time mapping the trajectories of asteroids using a domed telescope, with some incredibly gifted young people.

In my spare time, I play tennis and basketball. I am a 3.5 - 4.0 tennis player. 
I also enjoy biking, hiking and traveling around the world.