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Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering Scholar
Associate Professor, School of Industrial Engineering
Purdue University

 
 
 

2015

  • J. H. Jiang*, B. S. Duerstock*, J. P. Wachs* (2015). User-Centered and Analytic-Based Approaches to Generate Usable Gestures for Individuals with Quadriplegia. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems.  Accepted. PDF
  • D. Andresen, V. Popescu, M. Cabrera, G. Gomez, S. Marley, B. Mullis, J. *Wachs. Virtual Annotations of the Surgical Field through an Augmented Reality Transparent Display. The Visual Computer. (2015): 1-18. PDF
  • Bechar*, A., S. Y. Nof, and J. P. Wachs. A review and framework of laser-based collaboration support. Annual Reviews in Control 39 (2015): 30-45,
  • Blekhman*, A.; Wachs*, J. P. Dori*, D. (2015) Model-Based System Specification with Tesperanto: Readable Text from Formal Graphics. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems. PDF
  • H. Jiang, Hsu, C. H., B. Duerstock, J. P. Wachs. (2015) Determining Natural and Accessible Gestures using Uncontrolled Manifolds and Cybernetics. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2015). September 28 - October 02, Hamburg, Germany. . PDF
  • T. Zhou, M. Cabrera, J. Wachs. (2015) Touchless telerobotic surgery–is it possible at all?. In Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-15). Austin, Texas, January 25–30. Best Poster Presentation Award. PDF

2014

  • J. H. Jiang*, J. P. Wachs*, B. S. Duerstock* (2014). Integrated Vision-Based System for Efficient, Semi-automated Control of Robotic Manipulator. International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics. 22–Mar-2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJICC-09-2013-0042.
  • J. P. Wachs*, D. Dori, B. Frenkel. Operation room tool handling and miscommunication scenarios: An Object-Process Methodology conceptual model. Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. 62.3 (2014): 153-163 .
  • Pereira*, A; Wachs*, J. P.; Park, K; Rempel*, D. A User Developed 3D Hand Gesture Set for Common Human-Computer Interactions. The Journal of Human Factors. November 24, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0018720814559307. 
  •  Déniz, LG., Wachs, JP., Berlles, JJ. (2014) Guest Editorial - Special Issue on Robust Recognition Methods for Multimodal Interaction. Pattern Recognition Letters 36: 187-188.
  •  Zhong, H; Nof, S, J.P. Wachs* (2014). Telerobot-enabled HUB-CI Model for Collaborative Lifecycle Management of Design and Prototyping" Computers in Industry. vol. 65, Issue 4, pp. 550–562.
  • Y. T. Li, J. P. Wachs (2014). HEGM: A Hierarchical Elastic Graph Matching for Hand Gesture Recognition. Pattern Recognition. 47.1 (2014): 80-88
  • M. Jacob, J. P. Wachs (2014). Context-based Hand Gesture Recognition for the ‘Operating Room. Pattern Recognition Letters. vol. 36, pp. 196-203.
  •  J. H. Jiang, J. P. Wachs, and B. S. Duerstock. (2014). A Machine Vision-Based Gestural Interface for People With Upper Extremity Physical Impairments. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics – Systems, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 630 – 641.

2013

  • J. P. Wachs, G. Gomez. (2013). Telementoring systems in the operating room: a new approach in medical training. Medicina. 73(6), 539-542.
  • "Recognizing Hand Gestures using the Hierarchical Elastic Graph Matching (HEGM) Method." Y. T. Li, J. P. Wachs (2013).  Image and Vision Computing. 31.9 (2013): 649-657.
  • Real-time Facilitated Gesture Recognition Based Interfaces for Individuals with Upper-level Spinal Cord Injuries. J. H. Jiang, J. P. Wachs, and B. S. Duerstock. (2013)  Journal of Real-Time Image Processing. 1-14
  • "Hand Gesture-based Sterile Interface for the Operating Room Using Contextual Cues for the Navigation of Radiological Images".M. Jacob, J. *Wachs , R. Packer (2013).  JAMIA. 2012 Dec 18. [Epub ahead of print].20, no. e1 (2013): e183-e186 
  • M. Jacob, YT. Li, G. Akingba. J. Wachs* (2012). Collaboration with a Robotic Scrub Nurse. Communications of the ACM. Cover Article. 56(5), 68-75.
  • "Human-Robot Collaboration in the Operating Room." Jacob, M., Li, Y.T, Wachs*, J. P. (2013). 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2013).
  • "3D Joystick for Robotic Arm Control by Individuals with High Level Spinal Cord Injuries" J. H. Jiang, J. P. Wachs, M. Pendergast, and B. S. Duerstock. (2013).  International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Seattle.
  • "Integrated Vision-Based Robotic Arm Interface for Operators with Upper Limb Mobility Impairments". J. H. Jiang, J. P. Wachs, and B. S. Duerstock. (2013).  International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Seattle.
  • "Visual Analysis and Filtering to Augment Cognition"  M. Kölsch, J. P. Wachs, A. Sadagic (2013). HCII International,  21 - 26 July 2013, Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

2012

  • "Smart Instrumented Training Ranges: Bringing Automated System Solutions to Support Critical Domain Needs." A. Sadagic, M. Kölsch, G. Welch, C. Basu, C. Darken, J. P. Wachs, H. Fuchs, H. Towles, N. Rowe, J. M. Frahm, L. Guan, R. Kumar, H. Cheng. Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation.(2012).Vol. 10 No 3, July 2013.
  • "Robot, Pass Me the Scissors! How Robots Can Assist Us in the Operating Room". Juan P. Wachs. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2012, Volume 7441, Progress in Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis, Computer Vision, and Applications, Pages 46-57.
  • "A Cyber- Physical Management System for Delivering and Monitoring Surgical Instruments in the OR." M. Jacob, Y.T, Li, G. Akingba, J. Wachs. (2012). Surgical Innovation. 20(4) 377–384.
  • "Intention, Context and Gesture Recognition for Sterile MRI Navigation in the Operating Room" Mithun Jacob, Christopher Cange, Rebecca Packer and Juan P. Wachs. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2012, Volume 7441, Progress in Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis, Computer Vision, and Applications, Pages 220-227.
  • "Hierarchical Elastic Graph Matching for Hand Gesture Recognition". Yu-Ting Li and Juan P. Wachs. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2012, Volume 7441, Progress in Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis, Computer Vision, and Applications, Pages 308-315.
  • "Facilitated Gesture Recognition Based Interfaces for People with Upper Extremity Physical Impairments". Hairong Jiang, Juan P. Wachs and Bradley S. Duerstock. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2012, Volume 7441, Progress in Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis, Computer Vision, and Applications, 2012, Volume 7441/2012, 228-235.
  • "Web-based facility monitoring by facility sensor networks". Ko, H.S., Wachs, J.P., and Nof, S.Y. (2012). In: Proceedings of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Conference (ISERC 2012), May 2012, Orlando, FL.
  • "Should robots work with us in the Operating Room?" J. P. Wachs. (2012).  IEEE Southeastern Michigan Spring Section Conference. Robotics and Automation Society. April 10, 2012, Dearborn, Michigan.
  • "Developing a Human-Robot Collaborative System for precision agricultural tasks". A. Bechar, J. P. Wachs, J. H. Lumkes, S. Y. Nof.(2012). In Proc. of the 11th International Conference on Precision Agriculture, July 15th - 18th in Indianapolis.
  • "Integrated gesture recognition based interface for people with upper extremity mobility impairments.". Jiang, H., Duerstock, B., Wachs, JP (2012).  In Proc. of the 4th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics 2012 (AHFE 2012)  in San Francisco, California, USA, July 21-25, 2012.  PDF
  • " Gestonurse: A Multimodal Robotic Scrub Nurse" Jacob, M; YT Li, Wachs, JP (2012). In Proc. of  the 7th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI 2012). March 5-8, 2012, Boston, Massachusetts. PDF

2011

  • "Does a robotic scrub nurse improve economy of movements?". J. Wachs., M. Jacob, Y.T, Li, .(2011). Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling conference , SPIE Medical Imaging, Accepted as Oral presentation.
  • "A Gesture Driven Robotic Scrub Nurse". M. Jacob, Y.T, Li, J. Wachs (2011). In Proc of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics , ISBN: 978-1-4577-0651-6; pp. 2039-2044.BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD FINALIST . PDF
  • " Vision-Based Hand Gesture Applications: Challenges and Innovations". J. Wachs, M. Kölsch, H. Stern, and Y. Edan (2011). Communications of the ACM, Cover Article, February Issue 2011; vol 54, No. 2; pp. 60-71;.PDF

2010

  • “A Window on Tissue” - Tissue Depth Visualization using Face Orientation for Flexible Endoscope Control. Wachs, J.P., Adams, S. (2010). In Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Symposium (AMIA) 2010, Page – 1291.PDF
  • "“A window on tissue” - Using facial orientation to control endoscopic views of tissue depth." Wachs, J.P. Vujjeni, K. Matson, E.T. Adams, S. (2010).Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC). Aug. 31 2010-Sept. 4, 2010, pp. 935 – 938.PDF
  • "An Analytical Framework to Measure Effective Human Machine Interaction." J. Wachs, Duertsock, B. (2010). Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare. V. G. Duffy, Ed. CRC Press, pp. 611–621. PDF
  • "Human Posture Detection for Intelligent Vehicles." J. Wachs, M. Kölsch, D. Goshorn. (2010). Journal of real-time image processing. Special Issue on Real-Time Vision-Based Motion Analysis and Intelligent Transportation Systems, Springer, DOI 10.1007/s11554-010-0150-0. PDF
  • "Low and high-level visual feature-based apple detection from multi-modal images." J. P. Wachs, H. I. Stern, T. Burks and V. Alchanatis, (2010). Precision Agriculture; Volume 11, Issue 6, Page 717-735. PDF
  • "Gaze, Posture and Gesture Recognition to Minimize Focus Shifts for Intelligent Operating Rooms in a Collaborative Support System". J. Wachs. International Journal of Computers, Communications and Control (IJCCC). Volume: V, No: 1. PDF

2009

  • "The Multi-Level Learning and Classification of Multi-class Parts-based Representations of US Marine Postures." D. Goshorn, J. Wachs, M. Kölsch. (2009). Iberoamerican Congress on Pattern Recognition (CIARP2009) Mexico, November 2009. PDF
  • "New Generation of Instrumented Ranges: Enabling Automated Performance Analysis." A. Sadagic, G. Welch, C. Basu, C. Darken, R. Kumar, H. Fuchs, H. Cheng, J.M. Frahm, M. Kolsch, N. Rowe, H. Towles, J. Wachs, and A. Lastra. (2009). In Proceedings of 2009 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC-2009), Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., November 30–December 3. PDF
  • "Recognizing Human Postures and Poses in Monocular Still Images." J. Wachs, D. Goshorn and M. Kölsch. (2009). In Proceeding of the International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision, and Signal Processing. (IPCV09) Las Vegas, Nevada. July 2009. PDF
  • " A novel hand gesture-based image browsing system for the operating room." J. Wachs, H. Stern, Y. Edan, M. Gillam, C. Feied, M. Smith, and J. Handler (2009). Hospital IT Europe, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp 43-45. PDF
  • "Multi-modal Registration Using a Combined Similarity Measure." J. Wachs, H. Stern, T. Burks and V. Alchanatis. (2009). Applications of Soft Computing: Updating the State of the Art Series: Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing, Avineri, E.; Köppen, M.; Dahal, K.; Sunitiyoso, Y.; Roy, R. (Eds.), Springer, 52:159-168. PDF
  • "Apple detection in natural tree canopies from multimodal images". J. Wachs, H.I. Stern, T. Burks and V. Alchanatis (2009). In proceeding of the Joint International Agricultural Conference, JIAC 2009, pp. 293-302. PDF

2008

  • “Designing Hand Gesture Vocabularies for Natural Interaction by Combining Psycho-Physiological and Recognition Factors”. H. Stern, J.P. Wachs. Y. Edan. 2008.Int. Journal of Semantic Computing. Special Issue on Gesture in Multimodal Systems. 2008. Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 137-160. PDF
  • “A hand gesture sterile tool for browsing MRI images in the OR”. J. Wachs, H. Stern, Y. Edan, M. Gillam, C. Feied, M. Smith, and J. Handler. 2008. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Volume 15, Issue 3. PDF
  • “A Real-Time Hand Gesture Interface for a Medical Image Guided System”. J. Wachs, H. Stern, Y. Edan, M. Gillam, C. Feied, M. Smith, and J. Handler.International Journal of Intelligent Computing in Medical Sciences and Image Processing. 2008 .Vol. 1, No. 3, Issue 1, pp. 175-185. PDF
  • “Optimal Consensus Intuitive Hand Gesture Vocabulary Design.” H. Stern, J. Wachs and Y. Edan. In Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing, 2008. pp. 96-103. PDF
  • “A Holistic Framework for Hand Gestures Design.” J. Wachs, H. Stern, Y. Edan. In Proceedings of 2nd Annual Visual and Iconic Language Conference. July 21-22, San Diego, CA, 2008, pp. 24-34. PDF

2007

  • “Gestix: A Doctor-Computer Sterile Gesture Interface for Dynamic Environments”. J. Wachs, H. Stern, Y. Edan, M. Gillam, C. Feied, M. Smith, J. Handler. Soft Computing in Industrial Applications. Recent and Emerging Methods and Techniques Series: Advances in Soft Computing, Vol. 39 Saad, A.; Avineri, E.; Dahal, K.; Sarfraz, M.; Roy, R. (Eds.) 2007, pp. 30-39. PDF
  • “Multi-modal Registration Using a Combined Similarity Measure”. J. Wachs, H. Stern, T. Burks, and V.Alchanatis. Applications of Soft Computing: Recent Trends. Springer Verlag, Germany, Series: Advances in Soft Computing ,Tiwari, A.; Knowles, J.; Avineri, E.; Dahal, K.; Roy, R. (Eds.), vol. 38, pp. 170-180 (to appear). PDF
  • “An Analytic Approach for Optimal Hand Gestures”., H. Stern, J. Wachs, Y. Edan. In Proc. of the 7th Intl Workshop on Gesture in Human-Computer Interaction and Simulation, GW 2007. 23-25 May 2007, Lisbon, Portugal. PDF
  • “Doctor-Computer Interface using Gestures”, J. Wachs, H. Stern, Y. Edan, M. Gillam, C. Feied, M. Smith, J. Handler, In Workshop on Gesture in Human-Computer Interaction and Simulation, GW 2007. 23-25 May 2007, Lisbon, Portugal. PDF

2006

  • “Human factors for design of hand gesture Human - Machine Interaction”. H. Stern, J. Wachs, Y. Edan. Proceedings of 2006 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Oct. 8 -11, Taipei, Taiwan, 2006, pp. 4052-4056. PDF
  • “Optimal Hand Gesture Vocabulary Design Using Psycho-Physiological and Technical Factors”. H. Stern, J. Wachs, Y. Edan. Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, FG2006, Southampton, UK, April 10-12 2006, pp. 257-262. PDF
  • “A Real-Time Hand Gesture Interface for Medical Visualization Applications”. J. Wachs, H. Stern, Y. Edan, M. Gillam, C. Feied, M. Smith, J. Handler. 2006. Applications of Soft Computing : Recent Trends. Springer Verlag, Germany, Series: Advances in Soft Computing ,Tiwari, A.; Knowles, J.; Avineri, E.; Dahal, K.; Roy, R. (Eds.), vol. 36, pp. 153-163. PDF
  • “A Real-Time Hand Gesture System Based on Evolutionary Search”. J. Wachs, H. Stern, Y. Edan, M. Gillam, C. Feied, M. Smith, and J. Handler. Vision. vol. 22, no. 3, Oct. 2006, Dearborn, Mich.: Society of Manufacturing Engineers. PDF
  • “A Real-Time Hand Gesture Interface for a Medical Image Guided System”. J. Wachs, H. Stern, Y. Edan, M. Gillam, C. Feied, M. Smith and J. Handler. In the Ninth Israeli Symposium on Computer-Aided Surgery, Medical Robotics, and Medical Imaging, ISRACAS 2006, May 11, 2006, Petach Tikva, Israel. PDF

2005

  • “Cluster Labeling and Parameter Estimation for the Automated Setup of a Hand-Gesture Recognition System”. J. Wachs, H. Stern, Y. Edan.IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. Part A. vol. 35, no. 6, Nov. 2005, pp. 932-944. PDF
  • “A Method to Enhance the ‘Possibilistic C-Means with Repulsion’ Algorithm based on Cluster Validity Index”. J. Wachs, O. Shapira, and H. Stern. 2005. Applied Soft Computing Technologies: The Challenge of Complexity, Springer Verlag, Germany, Series: Advances in Soft Computing, Abraham, A.; Baets, B.d.; Köppen, M.; Nickolay, B. (Eds.),vol. 34, pp. 77-90. PDF
  • “KISS Human-Robot Interfaces”. A. Eliav, T. Lavie, Y. Parmet, H. Stern, J. Wachs, Y. Edan. In the 18th International Conference on Production Research (ICPR), July, 2005, Salerno, Italy.
  • "A Real-Time Hand Gesture System based on Evolutionary Search”. J. Wachs, H. Stern, Y. Edan, M. Gillam, C. Feied, M. Smith and J. Handler, In Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO ’05), June, 2005 ,Washington DC, USA. PDF

2004

  • “Hand Gesture Vocabulary Design: A Multicriteria Optimization”. H. Stern, J. Wachs, Y. Edan. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man & Cybernetics. The Hague, Netherlands, 2004. PDF
  • “A Graphical method based on the Xie-Beni Validity index to improve the ‘Possibilistic C-Means with Repulsion’ Algorithm”. O. Shapira and J. Wachs. In Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, Sakarya, Turkey, 2004, pp. 958 – 967. PDF
  • “Optimization of hand gesture command vocabularies - A multiobjetive quadratic assignment approach”.Paper selected to represent Israel at X ELAVIO Latin American Association of Operations Research Societies Summer School for Young Scholars. Montevideo, Uruguay, 2004. PDF
  • “Parameter Calibration for Reconfiguration of a Hand Gesture Tele-Robotic Control System”. H. Stern, J. Wachs, Y. Edan. In Proceedings of the U.S.A.-Japan Symposium on Flexible Automation, Denver, Colorado, 2004. PDF

2003

  • “Parameter search for an image processing fuzzy C-means hand gesture recognition system”. J. Wachs, H. Stern, Y. Edan. In Proc. of IEEE Intl Conference on Image Processing ICIP, 2003, Spain, vol 3, pp. 341. PDF

2002

  • “Segmentation of Faces Using Fuzzy Min-Max Neural Network”. J. Wachs, H. Stern, M. Last.International Journal of Image and Graphics. vol. 2, no. 4, 2002, pp: 587-601. PDF
  • “Real-Time Hand Gesture Telerobotic System Using the Fuzzy C-Means Clustering Algorithm”. J. Wachs, U. Kartoun, Y. Edan, H. Stern. In IE&M 2002, Proc. 2th annual conference of Industrial Engineering and Management, Tel-Aviv, Israel, pp. 94-98. Received Student Paper Award. PDF
  • “Real-Time Hand Gesture Telerobotic System Using the Fuzzy C-Means Clustering Algorithm”. J. Wachs, U. Kartoun, Y. Edan, H. Stern. In Proceedings of the 5th Biannual World Automation Congress, WAC 2002, Orlando, Florida, USA, vol. 13, pp. 403 – 409. PDF

Thesis

  • PhD Thesis: "Optimal Hand Gesture Vocabulary Design Methodology for Virtual Robotic Control". J. Wachs. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 2007. (289 pages, PDF)