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Russ TaylorRuss Taylor
Russ Taylor serves as director of the Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology and professor in computer science at Johns Hopkins University. See how NSF has supported his research. Image credit: Russell H. Taylor
 
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