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Research Interest:

IGRT, IMRT, SBRT, NTCP, TCP. Image-guided robotic systems for radiation therapy. Respiratory and cardiac motion induced motion management. Physiodynamics and adaptive dosimetric planning. HIFU-MIFU and ultrasound modulated drug delivery. Design, development, and control of medical robotic systems and devices. Soft tissue modeling and image-guided percutaneous intervention. Neutron contamination in proton therapy


Dr. Tarun Podder

Tarun Podder
  • Associate Professor
  • PhD., University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2000
  • Office Location: Austin 118
  • Telephone: (252) 328-6316
  • Email: poddert@ecu.edu


Publications:

Book Chapters

Tarun Podder, and Yan Yu, "Low-Dose-Rate Brachytherapy", Chapter 98, in the book entitledQuality and Safety in Radiotherapy, edited by Todd Pawlicki, Peter Dunscombe, Arno J Mundt, Pierre Scalliet, ISBN: 978-1-4398-0436-0, Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, FL, USA, pp. 593-598, 2011.

Ying Xiao, Tarun Podder, Adam Dicker, and Yan Yu, "Future Developments II: Dose Painting with Functional Imaging, Online Dose Tracking and Adaptation, IMRT with Robotic Brachytherapy, and Other Nonradiation Modalities",in the book entitledImage-Guided Radiation Therapy of Prostate Cancer, edited by R. Valicenti and A. Dicker, ISBN: 1420060783, Chapter 21, pp. 269-284, Informa Healthcare Publishers, New York, March 2008.

Tarun Podder and N. Sarkar, "Unified Dynamics-based Motion Planning Algorithm for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle-Manipulator Systems (UVMS)," Chapter 15 in the book entitled "Mobile Robots -Moving Intelligence", edited by Jonas Buchli, ISBN: 3-86611-284-X, published by Advanced Robotic Systems, Germany, pp.321-356, Dec. 2006.

Journal (papers)

1. T. K. Podder, A. P. Dicker, and Y. Yu, "A Novel Curvilinear Approach for Prostate Seed Implant", in theInt. Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, 2011(under review).

2. I. Buzurovic., K. Huang, Y. Yu, and T.K. Podder,  "Robotic Approach to 4D Real-time Tumor Tracking for Radiotherapy", Phys. Med. Biol.,56(5), pp.1299-1320, 2011.

3. T. K. Podder, I. Buzurovic, K. Huang, T. Showalter, A. P. Dicker, and Y. Yu, "Reliability of EUCLIDIAN: An automated image-guided robotic system for prostate brachytherapy,"Medical Physics Journal, 2011.

4. T.K. Podder, G. Bednarz, Y. Yu, and J. Galvin, "Physical characterization and comparison of two commercially available micro-MLCs," in Euo. J. of Medical Physics, March 2010. (Online: http://www. physicamedicaonline.com/search/quick)

5. V.G. Mallapragada, N. Sarkar, and T.K. Podder, "Robot-Assisted Real-Time Tumor Manipulation for Breast Biopsy," in theIEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol.25, No.2, pp.316-324, 2009.

6. K.Yan, T.K. Podder, L.Li, J.Joseph, D.Rubens, E.M.Messing, L. Liao, Y. Yu. "A real-time cancer detection technique using needle insertion forces and patient-specific criteria during percutaneous intervention," inMed. Phys. Volume 36, Issue 7, pp. 3356-3362, 2009.

7. T.K. Podder, J. Sherman , D. Rubens , E. Messing , J. Strang , W. Ng , and Y. Yu, "Methods for prostate stabilization during transperineal LDR brachytherapy," in theInternational Journal ofPhysics in Medicine and Biology, Vol. 53, pp. 1563-1579, 2008.

8. I. Buzurovic , V. Misic, T. Podder, Y. Hu, K. Yan, R. Valicenti, A. Dicker, Y. Yu, E. Messing, D. Rubens, J. Strang, L. Liao, W.-S. Ng , "Real-time control strategy for collision avoidance and seed deposition in EUCLIDIAN brachytherapy robotic system",International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol.3, Suppl. 1, pp.S30-S31, 2008.

9. Y. Hu,  T. Podder, K. Yan, I. Buzurovic , B. Winey, L. Liao, K.Parker, Y. Yu,  "Acoustic characterization for a multi-modal breast cancer diagnosis and ablation system",International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol.3, Suppl. 1, pp.S70-S71,  2008.

10. K. Yan, T. Podder, I. Buzurovic , Y. Hu,  E. Messing,  D. Rubens, A. Dicker,  R. Valicenti, N. Sarkar, W. Ng, Y. Yu , "Investigation of Radioactive Seed Immobilization Techniques for Interstital Brachytherapy Procedure: Preliminary Study",International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol.3, Suppl. 1, pp.S335-S336., 2008.

11. K. Yan, T. Podder, J. Sherman , J. Joseph, L.Li, D. Rubens, E. Messing, J. Huang, L. Liao, P. Okunieff, Y. Yu , "A Novel Method for Estimating Needle Insertion Force using Patient-specific Factors",International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol.3, Suppl. 1, pp.S302-S303., 2008.

12. T.K. Podder, I. Buzurovic, and Y. Yu, "Coordinated Dynamics-based Control of Robotic Couch and MLC-bank for Feedforward Radiation Therapy", in theInt. J. of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol. 2, pp. S49-52, 2007.

13. T.K. Podder,J. Sherman, L. Li, J. Joseph, D.R. Rubens, E.M. Messing, J. Huang,Y. Yu, "Mechanical Properties of Human Prostate Tissuein the Context of Surgical Needle Insertion", in theInt. J. of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol. 2, pp. S106-108, 2007.

14. Y. Yu, T.K Podder, Y. Zhang, W.S. Ng, J. Sherman, D. Fuller, V. Misic, L. Fu, E.M. Messing, D.J. Rubens, J.G. Strang, and R. A. Brasacchio, "Robot-assisted prostate brachytherapy," in theJ.Computer Aided Surgery, 2007.

15. K. G. Yan, T.K. Podder, Y. Yu, T.I. Liu, C.W.S. Cheng, and W. S. Ng,"Flexible Needle-Tissue Interaction Modeling with Depth-varying Mean Parameter: Preliminary Study", inthe IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 99, 2007.

16. T.K. Podder, D. P. Clark, E. M. Messing, D. J. Rubens, J. G. Strang, R. A. Brasacchio, L. Liao, W. S. Ng, and Y. Yu, "In vivoMotion and Force Measurement of Surgical Needle Intervention during Prostate Brachytherapy," in theJ.Medical Physics,Vol. 3, No. 8, pp. 2915-2922, 2006.

17. T.K. Podder, L. Liao, J. Sherman, D. Fuller, V. Misic, D.J. Rubens, E.M. Messing, J.G. Strang, W.S. Ng, and Y. Yu, "A Method to Minimize Puncture Force and Organ Deformation," in theInt. J. of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. S277-280, 2006.

18. V. Misic, L. Fu, T.K. Podder, L. Liao, D.J. Rubens, R. Brasacchio, E.M. Messing, J.G. Strang, W.S. Ng, and Y. Yu, "Dynamic Planning in Single Needle Brachytherapy Systems," in theInt. J. of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. S271-273, 2006.

19. K. G. Yan, T. K. Podder, D. Xiao, Y. Yu, T.I. Liu, C.W.S. Cheng, W. S. Ng, "An Improved Needle Steering Model with Online Parameter Estimator", in theInt. J. of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, 2006.

20. T.K. Podder, and N. Sarkar, "A Unified Dynamics-based Motion Planning Algorithm for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle-Manipulator Systems", in theJ. Robotica, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 117-128, 2004.

21. N. Sarkar, T.K. Podder, and G. Antonelli, "Fault Accommodating Thruster Force Allocation of an AUV Considering Thruster Redundancy and Saturation," in theIEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 223-233, 2002.

22. T.K. Podder, G. Antonelli, and N. Sarkar, "An Experimental Investigation into the Fault-Tolerant Control of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle", in theJ. of Advanced Robotics, Vol. 15, No. 5, pp. 501-520, 2001.

23. N. Sarkar, and T.K. Podder, "Coordinated Motion Planning and Control of Underwater Vehicle-Manipulator Systems Subject to Drag Optimization", in theIEEE J. of Oce. Engineering, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 228-239, 2001.

24. T.K. Podder, and N. Sarkar, "Fault Tolerant Control of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Under Thruster Redundancy", in theJ. of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 39-52, 2001.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings (papers)

25.  I. Buzurovic, Y. Yu andT.K. Podder, "Implementation of Active Tracking and Dynamic Dose Delivery for Robotic Table in Radiation Therapy",in theProc. of the Int. Conf. of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS/EMBC), Boston, MA, August 2011 (accepted).

26.   T. Podder, I. Buzurovic, K. Huang, and Y. Yu, "Multichannel Robotic System for Surgical Procedures", in the IASTED Symposium, Washington DC, May 2011.

27. T.K. Podder, I. Buzurovic, and Y. Yu, "Multichannel Robot for Image-guided Brachytherapy", in theIEEE Int. Conf. on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (BIBE), page 209-213, May 2010.

28. I. Buzurovic, T.K. Podder, and Y. Yu, "Modular Software Design for Brachytherapy Image-guided Robotic Systems", in theIEEE Int. Conf. on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (BIBE), page 203-208, May 2010.

29. I. Buzurovic, K. Huang, Y. Yu and T.K. Podder, "Tumor Motion Prediction and Tracking in Adaptive Radiotherapy", in theIEEE Int. Conf. on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (BIBE), page 273-278, May 2010.

30. K. Yan, T.K. Podder, I. Buzurovic, Y. Yu, and L. Liao, "A Noninvasive Multimodal Sono-contrast NIR Spectroscopy System for Breast Cancer Diagnosis", in theIEEE Int. Conf. on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (BIBE), page 285-286, May 2010.

31. K. Huang, I. Buzurovic, Y, Yu, and T.K. Podder, "AComparativetudy ofa Novel AE-nLMSFilterand Two Traditional FiltersinredictingRespirationInduced Motion of the Tumor",in theIEEE Int. Conf. on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (BIBE), page 281-282, May 2010.

32. T.K. Podder, I. Buzurovic, Y. Hu, J.M. Galvin, and Y. Yu, "Dynamics-based Decentralized Control of Robotic Couch and Multi-leaf Collimators for Tracking Tumor Motion,"in theIEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 2496-2502, Pasadena, CA, 2008.

33. T.K. Podder, I. Buzurovic, K. Yan, Y. Hu, A. Dicker, R. Valicenti, and Y. Yu, Ultrasound Image-guided Robotic Brachytherapy Systems for Prostate Seed Implant," in theInt. Conf. on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), New York, NY, Sept. 2008.

34. I. Buzurovic, T.K. Podder, and Y. Yu, "Force Tracking and Predictionfor Image-guided Robotic System using Neural Network Approach," in theIEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCAS), Baltimore, MD, Nov. 2008.

35. K. Yan, Y. Yu Yan, T.K. Podder, D. Xiao. I. Buzurovic, Y. Hu, and W.S. Ng, "Flexible Needle-tissue Interaction Modeling Using Depth-varying Mean Parameter," in theHong Kong Institution of Engineers (finalist for best paper award from HKIE), Sept. 2008.

36. K. Yan, T. Podder, W.S. Ng, and Y. Yu, "Assessment of Major Parameters for Self-actuating Needle for Percutaneous Intervention," in theInternational Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), New York, NY, Sept. 2008.

37. Y. Yu, K. Yan, T. Podder, W.S. Ng, K. Brill, and L. Liao, "MRI-Guided Robot-Assisted Lumpectomy for Surgical Management of Early Breast Cancer: Preliminary Investigation and Use Case Analysis," in theIEEE Int. Conf. on BioInformatics and BioEngineering(BIBE), Athens, Greece, Oct. 2008.

38. V.G. Mallaparagada, N. Sarkar, and T.K. Podder, "Robot Assisted Real-time Tumor Manipulation for Breast Biopsy," in theIEEE Int. Conference on Robotics andAutomation (ICRA), pp. 2515-2520, Pasadena, CA, 2008.

39. V.G. Mallaparagada, N. Sarkar, and T.K. Podder, "Autonomous Coordination of Imaging and Tumor manipulation for Robot Assisted Breast Biopsy," in theIEEE RAS/EMBS Int. Conf. on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), Scottsdale, AZ, 2008.

40. T.K. Podder, W.S. Ng, and Y. Yu, "Multi-channel Robotic System for Prostate Brachytherapy", in theInt. Conf. of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society,pp. 1233-1236, Lyon, France, pp. 1233-1236, 2007.

41. K. Yan, T.K. Podder, W.S. Ng, and Y. Yu, "MBCSmart' Needle for Percutaneous Surgery: Influential Factor Investigation",in theInt. Conf. of the IEEE Engr. in Med. and Biology Society,Lyon, France, pp. 461-464, 2007.

42. Y. Hu, T.K. Podder, I. Buzurovic, W.S. Ng, and Y. Yu, "Hazard analysis of EUCLIDIAN: An image-guided robotic brachytherapy system",in theInt. Conf. of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society,Lyon, France, pp. 1249-1252, 2007.

43. T.K. Podder, I. Buzurovic, Y. Hu, J.M. Galvin, and Y. Yu, "Partial transmission high-speed continuous tracking multi-leaf collimator for 4D adaptive radiation therapy", in theIEEE Int. Conf. on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (BIBE), pp. 1108-1112,Cambridge - Boston, MA, USA, 2007.

44. V.G. Mallaparagada, N. Sarkar, and T.K. Podder, "A Robotic System for Real-time Tumor Manipulation During Image-guided Breast Biopsy," in theIEEE Int. Conf. on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (BIBE), pp. 204-210, October2007.

45. K. Yan, W.S. Ng, Y. Yu, and T.K. Podder,K.V. Ling, and T.I Liu, , "Needle Steering Modeling and Analysis using Unconstrained Modal Analysis," in theProceeding of the 1stIEEE Int. Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, pp. 65-70, Pisa, Italy, 2006.

46. T.K. Podder, J. Sherman, D. Fuller, E.M. Messing, D.J. Rubens, J.G. Strang, R.A. Brasacchio, and Y. Yu, "Needle Insertion Force Estimation Model using Procedure-specific and Patient-specific Criteria," in theProc. of the Int. Conf. of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS/EMBC),New York, NY, pp. 555-558, 2006.

47. T.K. Podder, J. Sherman, D. Fuller, E.M. Messing, D.J. Rubens, J.G. Strang, R.A. Brasacchio, and Y. Yu, "Surgical Needle Intervention in Soft Tissue:In-vivoForce Measurement," in theProc. of the Int. Conf. of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS/EMBC),New York, NY, pp. 3652-3655, 2006.

48. J. Sherman, T. K. Podder, L. Fu,V. Misic, D. Fuller, E. M. Messing, D. J. Rubens, J. G. Strang, R. A. Brasacchio, and Y. Yu, "Efficacy of Prostate Stabilizing Techniques during Brachytherapy Procedure," in theProceedings of the 28thAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS/EMBC),New York, NY, pp. 563-566, 2006.

49. Y. Yu, T.K Podder, Y. Zhang, W.S. Ng, J. Sherman, D. Fuller, V. Misic, L. Fu, E.M. Messing, D.J. Rubens, J.G. Strang, and R. A. Brasacchio, "Robot-assisted prostate brachytherapy," in theInt. Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), Copenhagen, Denmark , pp. 41-49, 2006.

50. Kaiguo Yan, Tarun Podder, Yan Yu, Keck Voon Ling, Tien-I Liu, and Wan Sing Ng, "Online Parameter Estimation for Surgical Needle Steering Model," in theInt. Conf. no Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), Copenhagen, Denmark , pp. 321-329, 2006.

51. Y.D. Zhang, T.K. Podder, L. Fu, J. Sherman,V. Misic, D. Fuller, E.M. Messing, D.J. Rubens, J.G. Strang, W.S. Ng, and Y. Yu, "Design and Experiments of Seed Delivery Device for Prostate Brachytherapy," in theIEEE Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS),Beijing, China, pp. 1280-1284, 2006.

52. B. Winey, L. Liao, Y. Zhang, V. Misic, K. Parker, T. K. Podder, and Y. Yu, "A Novel Multi-modality Image-guided US-NIR Scanner for Breast Cancer Diagnosis",in theWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (WC-BME), pp. 1288-1291, Seoul, Korea, 2006.

53. T.K. Podder, D.P. Clark, D. Fuller, J. Sherman, W.S. Ng, L. Liao, D.J. Rubens, J.G. Strang, E.M. Messing, Y.D. Zhang, and Y. Yu, "Effects of Velocity Modulation during Surgical Needle Insertion," in theProc. of the Int. Conf. of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS),pp. 5766-5770, Shanghai, China, 2005.

54. T.K. Podder, E.M. Messing, D.J. Rubens, J.G. Strang, R.A. Brasacchio, D.P. Clark, D. Fuller, L. Liao, W.S. Ng, and Y. Yu, "Evaluation of Robotic Needle Insertion in Conjunction within VivoManual Insertion in the Operating Room," in the Proceedings of the 14thIEEE International Conf. on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), pp. 356-362, Nashville, TN, USA 2005.

55. T.K. Podder, D.P. Clark, J. Sherman, D. Fuller, E.M. Messing, D.J. Rubens, J.G. Strang, W. O'Dell, Y.D. Zhang, W.S. Ng, and Y. Yu, "Effects of Tip Geometry of Surgical Needles: an Assessment of Force-Torque and Deflection," in theIFMBE Proceedings of theEuropean Medical & Biological Engineering Conference (EMBEC), Vol. 11, pp. 1641-1644, Prague, Czech Republic, 2005.

56. T.K. Podder, J. Sherman, D.P. Clark, D. Fuller, D.J. Rubens, E.M. Messing, J.G. Strang, L. Liao, W.S. Ng, and Y. Yu, "Method to Reduce Force and Target Movement during Surgical Needle Interventions," in the IFMBE Proc. of the 3rdEuropean Medical & Biological Engineering Conference, Vol. 11, pp. 4315-4320, Prague, Czech Republic, 2005.

57. T.K. Podder, E.M. Messing, D.J. Rubens, J.G. Strang, D.P. Clark, D. Fuller, J. Sherman, R.A. Brasacchio, W.S. Ng, and Y. Yu, "Brachytherapy Needle Insertion: an in Vivo Data Analysis," in theProceedings of the of Medical Physics (ICMP), Vol. 2, pp. 913-914, Nuremberg, Germany, 2005.

58. T.K. Podder, M. Sibenac, and J.G. Bellingham, "AUV Docking System for Sustainable Science Missions", in theProc. of IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, pp. 4446-4451, New Orleans, LA, USA, 2004.

59. T.K. Podder, and N. Sarkar, "Frequency-based Partial and Total Decomposition Approaches for Trajectory Planning of Robotic Systems with Variable Dynamic Responses", in theProceedings of ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Anaheim, CA, USA, 2004.

60. T.K. Podder, M. Sibenac, H. Thomas, R. Fuhrmann, and J.G. Bellingham, "Reliability Growth for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle – Dorado: An Analysis of the Experimental Data", in theProceedings of IEEE/MTS International Conference – OCEANS, pp. 856-862, Kobe, Japan, 2004.

61. T.K. Podder, and N. Sarkar, "Motion Planning and Control of UVMS: A Unified Dynamics-Based Approach", in theProceedings of IEEE/MTS International Conference, pp. 2446-2453, San Diego, CA, USA, 2003.

62. T.K. Podder, and N. Sarkar, "A Fault Accommodating Control of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Under Thruster Redundancy and Saturation", in theProceedings of ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, pp.355-360, New York, NY, USA, 2001.

63. T.K. Podder, G. Antonelli, and N. Sarkar, "Fault Tolerant Control of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Under Thruster Redundancy: Simulations and Experiments", in theProceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 1251-1256, San Francisco, CA, USA, April 2000 (received the Anton Philips best paper award from the IEEE-ICRA).

64. T.K. Podder, and N. Sarkar, "Dynamic Trajectory Planning for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle-Manipulator Systems", in theProceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 3461-3466, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2000.

65. N. Sarkar, and T.K. Podder, "Motion Planning of Underwater Vehicle-Manipulator Systems Subject to Drag Optimization", in theProceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 387-392, Detroit, MI, USA, 1999.

66. N. Sarkar, J. Yuh, and T.K. Podder, "Adaptive Control of Underwater Vehicle-Manipulator Systems Subject to Joint Limits", in theProceedings of IEEE Int. Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 142-147, Kyongju, South Korea, 1999.

67. Y. Cui, T.K. Podder, and N. Sarkar, "Impedance Control of Underwater Vehicle-Manipulator Systems (UVMS)", in theProceedings of IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 148-153, Kyongju, South Korea, 1999.

68. T.K. Podder, and N. Sarkar, "Fault Tolerant Decomposition of Thruster Forces of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle", in theProceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 84-89, Detroit, MI, USA, 1999.