Siobhan Rigby Oca

Assistant Professor of The Practice in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Siobhan Oca's research focusses on medical robotics and robotics education. Specifically, she is interested in developing safe and effective autonomous medical procedures. Her doctoral research focussed on development of autonomous ultrasound scanning with robotic arm, implemented in a human study, which also assessed trust and safety. Since starting as faculty, she has studies the methods used in teaching robotics to understand their efficacy in student learning and perception of robotics as a future career field.  

She leads the Masters programs in Robotics for MEMS and is passionate about robotics curricula development that prepares students for their future in robotics and impacts on society, including through her Case Studies of Ethics in Robotics and Autonomy course. 


Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of The Practice in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Assistant Director for Robotics and Autonomy in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Contact Information

  • Office Phone: +1 919 660 5310
  • Email Address: siobhan.rigby@duke.edu

Education

  • B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016
  • M.S. University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine, 2017
  • Ph.D. Duke University, 2022

Research Interests

Robotics Education, Medical Robotics, Human Robot Interaction, Engineering Education

Courses Taught

  • ME 758S: Curricular Practical Training
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • ME 591: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 490: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 442: Introduction to Robotics and Automation
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • ECE 495: Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 392: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 383: Introduction to Robotics and Automation
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Prakash, Ravi, Kent K. Yamamoto, Siobhan R. Oca, Weston Ross, and Patrick J. Codd. “Brain-Mimicking Phantom for Photoablation and Visualization.” Int Symp Med Robot 2023 (April 2023). https://doi.org/10.1109/ismr57123.2023.10130243.
  • Oca, S. R., J. Havas, L. J. Bridgeman, and D. M. Buckland. “Durable Breast Phantom with Geometric and Mechanical Properties approximating Human Tissue for Ultrasound Image and Robotic System Testing.” In 2022 International Symposium on Medical Robotics, ISMR 2022, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISMR48347.2022.9807523.
  • Oca, Siobhan R., Angelo Navas, Erin Leiman, and Daniel M. Buckland. “Effect of language interpretation modality on throughput and mortality for critical care patients: A retrospective observational study.” J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open 2, no. 4 (August 2021): e12477. https://doi.org/10.1002/emp2.12477.
  • Ma, G., S. R. Oca, Y. Zhu, P. J. Codd, and D. M. Buckland. “A Novel Robotic System for Ultrasound-guided Peripheral Vascular Localization.” In Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2021-May:12321–27, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA48506.2021.9561924.
  • Oca, Siobhan, and Genevieve Lipp. “Board 147: Work-in-Progress: The Effect of Summarizing a Research Article on Students' Area of Robotics Interest (Accepted).” In 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings. ASEE Conferences, n.d. https://doi.org/10.18260/1-2--42478.