Melody Su


  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • on leave spring 2024
Melody Su

Yun-Hsuan (Melody) Su is highly interested in exploring methods to improve robotic teleoperation experience by integrating computer vision and AI algorithms to provide vision-based haptic feedback. Melody has a background in surgical robotics. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and skin diving. She is passionate about outreach STEM programs and has been closely involved in IEEE TryEngineering, and multiple summer robotics camps. She is always excited to brainstorm and exchange ideas with any interested students or colleagues about robotics and AI.

Areas of Expertise

Computer vision, haptics, (medical) robotics, bilateral teleoperation, image segmentation, 3D reconstruction


  • Ph.D., M.S., University of Washington
  • B.S., National Chiao Tung University

Recent Grants

Received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project CRII: RI: RUI: Generating Haptics in Telerobotics through Perception Complementarities during Physical Distancing. The project is for two years. 

Award number: 2101107 

Recent Publications

Huang, K.; Chitrakar, D.; Jiang, W.; Yung, I. & Su, Y.H. (2022). Surgical Tool Segmentation with Pose-Informed Morphological Polar Transform of Endoscopic Images. Journal of Medical Robotics Research (2022).

Huang, K.; Chitrakar, D.; Jiang, W. & Su, Y.H. (2021). Enhanced U-Net Tool Segmentation Using Hybrid Coordinate Representations of Endoscopic Images. 2021 International Symposium On Medical Robotics (ISMR) 

Su, Y.H., Huang, K., & Hannaford, B. (2021). Multicamera 3D Viewpoint Adjustment for Robotic Surgery via Deep Reinforcement Learning. Journal of Medical Robotics Research (2021): 2140003.

Su, Y.H.; Jiang, W.; Chitrakar, D.; Huang, K.; Peng, H.; Hannaford, B. Local Style Preservation in Improved GAN-Driven Synthetic Image Generation for Endoscopic Tool Segmentation. Sensors 2021, 21, 5163.

Su, Y.H., Huang, K., & Hannaford, B. (2020). Multicamera 3D Reconstruction of Dynamic Surgical Cavities: Autonomous Optimal Camera Viewpoint Adjustment. 2020 International Symposium On Medical Robotics (ISMR)  

Recent Honors

Liu, W.; Pickett, A.; Huang, K. & Su, Y.H. (2022). Camera Configuration Models for Machine Vision Based Force Estimation in Robot-Assisted Soft Body Manipulation. 2022 International Symposium On Medical Robotics (ISMR).

Melody Su continues her strong medical robotics research connections with UW, RIT, JHU and Trinity College. With the recent renovation completion of her new Intelligent Medical Robotics (IMeRo) research lab, she recruited eight Mount Holyoke research students to participate in her ongoing medical robotics research projects.

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