Computer-Integrated Surgery (CIS I)

Professor Russell H. Taylor

Office: Hackerman Hall 127
Lab: Hackerman Hall B08H
LCSR Executive Director (major adminstrative matters): Lorrie Dodd;; 410-516-0740
Personal Assistant (appointments and routine matters): Ashley Moriarty;;410-516-6841
Office Hours: By appointment

Fall 2022 Information

Covid-19 Information

  • All students are requested to wear high quality masks for any in-person classes or TA sessions. This is both for your protection and for that of the instructor, the TA, and your fellow students. The class is very full, and the classroom density will reflect this.
  • If you test positive for covid-19 (or any other communicable disease) please do not come to class. Notify me and the TA, and we can make arrangements for you to make up any necessary material.

Class times and location

  • Times: Tuesday and Thursday 1:30pm - 2:45 pm
  • Location: Hackerman B17
    • Online - Zoom links and links to recorded lectures will be posted on Canvas

Section and TA office hour times and location

  • Sue Min (Jasmine) Cho
    • Email:
    • Time: Friday 3:00PM-4:00PM
    • Location: Hackerman 320
  • Benjamin Killeen
    • Email:
    • Time: Tuesday 3:30PM-4:30PM
    • Location: Malone 228
  • Henry Phalen
    • Email:
    • Time: Monday 2:00-3:00 PM
    • Location: Hackerman 306
  • Discussion sections will be announced on Piazza

Use of Course Materials

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Organizational Information


Personal Well-Being

  • Students who are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression or other mental health related concerns, please consider connecting with resources through the JHU Counseling Center. The Counseling Center will be providing services remotely to protect the health of students, staff, and communities. Please reach out to get connected and learn about service options based on where you are living this fall at 410-516-8278 and online at
  • Student Outreach & Support will be fully operational (virtually) to help support students. Students can self-refer or refer a friend who may need extra support or help getting connected to resources. To connect with SOS, please email, call 410-516-7857, or students can schedule to meet with a Case Manager by visiting the Student Outreach & Support website and follow “Schedule an Appointment”.

General Academic Resources

CIS I - Specific Resources

General Information

Course Concept

This course focuses on computer-based techniques, systems, and applications exploiting quantitative information from medical images and sensors to assist clinicians in all phases of treatment, from diagnosis to preoperative planning, execution, and follow-up. It emphasizes the relationship between problem definition, computer-based technology, and clinical application and includes a number of guest lectures given by surgeons and other experts on requirements and opportunities in particular clinical areas. An optional term project may be undertaken under supervision of the instructor and clinician end users. Although this course is primarily intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students interested in doing research in this area, it may also be of interest to medical or qualified premedical students wanting to obtain a broader background in this emerging field.


  • Required: linear algebra or permission of instructor; reasonable skills in programming
  • Recommended: 601.226 or equivalent, image processing, probability or statistics.

Section Information

  • Time - TBD
  • Room - TBD

The section for this course will present supplementary material related to the main lectures and the homeworks. Attendance is not mandatory, but it is recommended for those unfamiliar with the topic to be covered on a given date. Section will not be held every week, but rather when there are important topics which require extra time to cover. The focus of the section will be on presenting techniques that will help you to understand and complete the homework assignments, both written and programming. Topics will generally be posted on the website at least a week in advance. If students have topics which they would like to have sections taught on, they should contact the TA and he will try to incorporate them.

  • 600.145 - Introduction to Computer-Integrated Surgery (not offered recently)
  • 601.456/656 - Advanced Computer-Integrated Surgery (CIS II) – Projects course
  • Computer Integrated Surgery, R.Taylor, S. Lavalee, G, Burdea, R. Moesges, MIT Press, 1995

Grading Policy (subject to change)

  • 6 graded homework assignments (done individually or in teams of 2)
  • 5 programming assignments (done individually or in teams of 2). PA#5 is optional
  • Throw out grades for up to 2 of HWs or one of PA#1-3
  • Must hand in PA#4
  • Grade for optional PA#5 will replace your lowest remaining grade except that you may not throw out both PA#1 and PA#2 or both of HW#4 or HW#5
  • Numerical grading formula is Max(0.4P+0.6H,0.6H+0.4P), where H is homework average and P is the programming average
  • Letter grade thresholds vary but usually fairly close to 90-80-70
  • Optional project with negotiated modification to formula
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