Aneeq Zia, a third-year electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech, was recently awarded the Young Investigator Travel Award at the  9th International Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions (IPCAI) in Berlin, Germany. Zia was one of three authors selected for the award, which comes with a $1,000 prize.

The winners were selected by senior members of the IPCAI committee based on scientific excellence and innovation.

Zia was recognized for his work on his paper, Automated Surgical Skills Assessment in RMIS Training. His research focuses on exploiting the fluency of surgical motions in order to perform automated surgical skills assessments. This helps minimize the amount of time that expert surgeons spend manually inputting feedback into basic robot-assisted minimally invasive (RMIS) training, while also making their feedback more objective.

“I’m really glad to have received this award. Considering I was the only one presenting at this conference from Georgia Tech this year, I think getting this award gives a great impression of the institute and our work,” said Zia.