Siobhan Rigby Oca
Assistant Professor of The Practice in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Siobhan Oca's research focusses on medical robotics and robotics education. Specifically, she is interested in developing safe and effective autonomous medical procedure development. Her doctoral research focussed on development of autonomous ultrasound scanning with robotic arm, implemented in a human study, which also assessed trust and safety. Since starting as faculty, she has started to study the methods used in teaching robotics to understand their efficacy in student learning and perception of robotics as a future career field.  

She leads Masters programs in Robotics for MEMS and is passionate about robotics curricula development that prepares students for their future in robotics and impacts on society, including through her Case Studies of Ethics in Robotics and Autonomy course. 

Current Research Interests

Robotics Education, Medical Robotics, Human Robot Interaction, Engineering Education

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