About Us

The Sensing, Manipulation, and Real-Time Systems (SMARTS) lab focuses on components and integrated systems for computer-assisted surgery and robotics in extreme environments. This includes the integration of real-time sensing and imaging to enable robotic assistance in more challenging environments, such as minimally invasive surgery, microsurgery and space (e.g., teleoperation with time delay of several seconds for satellite servicing). The lab also performs research in augmented/mixed reality for human/machine collaboration, including the use of head-mounted displays (HMDs) and novel input devices. Research in component technologies includes high-performance motor control, sensing, and sensor fusion. The lab emphasizes system integration activities, including system architectures and component-based software engineering, and is responsible for the development and support of the open source da Vinci Research Kit (dVRK).

Lab Director

Peter Kazanzides

Peter Kazanzides
Research Professor
Dept. of Computer Science.
Johns Hopkins University


Hackerman Hall

B08 Hackerman Hall (Robotorium in the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics)
B08D Hackerman Hall (SMARTS laboratory)
136 and 137A Hackerman Hall (Grad student offices)
128 Hackerman Hall (Postdoc offices)
120 Hackerman Hall (Peter Kazanzides’ office)

B08D Hackerman Hall
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218 USA