The ARMS core curriculum is drawn from the course requirements of the Robotics Ph.D. degree, along with focused health-related courses and experiences to augment the training. Each student will have an ARMS robotics faculty member as their primary research advisor for their thesis, and optionally, a co-advisor from a clinical partner to ensure that their work is truly interdisciplinary. All of the training elements (with the exception of the immersion course discussed below) are also open to non-ARMS trainees. These required courses are positioned to count toward degree fulfillment either as a required component of the student’s curriculum or to satisfy their degree requirement for a minor.
- Interfacing Engineering Technology and Rehabilitation (Healthcare Technology Minor Course): A course that engages both engineering and clinical students. They will learn equally from clinical experts about their target demographics and the issues they face and from engineering faculty about how robotics can address these challenges. Members from collaborating medical organizations and non-profit agencies will regularly visit the class to talk with students. Discussion points and group projects will be derived from real case studies using persons with physical challenges as technology consumers and consultants.
- Ethics of Biotechnology and Bioengineering Research/Ethics Biotech Research (Healthcare Technology Minor Course): A course on ethics, privacy and regulations in medicine and biomedical robotics will be offered, where students learn about considerations that must be addressed when designing and deploying robotic systems for health.
- Immersion Course (Healthcare Technology Minor Course): Interdisciplinary research training will provide students with hands-on healthcare experience during their first summer in the program. Matched with mentors in both engineering and healthcare, students will do one week of clinical rotations, where they will observe medical practices and learn about current problems in healthcare. Students will then conduct eight weeks of research using robotics to address healthcare issues discovered during rotations. Clinical partners with which students may work include Emory Medical School, Shepherd Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory ALS Center, Atlanta Area Agency on Aging, and the Veterans Administration.
- Monthly Forum: There are a host of monthly seminars already available on both the Georgia Tech and Emory campus that are of relevance to Trainees, including the bi-weekly seminar series hosted by the Institute for Robotics at Georgia Tech. As part of the training program, we will co-sponsor a monthly speaker, followed by a social hour, to facilitate networking between the distinguished speakers, faculty, and students and maximize training opportunities for the students. ARMS Trainees will be expected to attend all seminars.
- Annual Research Symposium: Each year, the ARMS program will organize an annual two-day symposium “Community, Discovery, Training: From Health-Care Needs to Robot Solutions,” that will involve faculty and trainees, as well as our advisory board, clinical partners, and outside representatives from the healthcare industry whose work and interests are relevant to our ARMS initiative. The symposium will serve as an opportunity for our trainees to gain valuable experience in giving academic presentations, asking questions of other presenters, and networking with peers and senior researchers.