Professor Pietro Valdastri, Chair in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the University of Leeds and Director of STORM Lab UK is one of the featured speakers for the IEEE 2021 ICRA hosted in Xi’an China, giving a talk for the Plenary event.
At the beginning of the new millennia, wireless capsule endoscopy was introduced as a minimally invasive method of inspecting the digestive tract. The possibility of collecting images deep inside the human body just by swallowing a “pill” revolutionized the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy and sparked a brand-new field of research in robotics: medical capsule robots. These are self-contained robots that leverage extreme miniaturization to access and operate in environments that are out of reach for larger devices. In medicine, capsule robots can enter the human body through natural orifices or small incisions, and detect and cure life-threatening diseases in a non-invasive manner. This talk will provide a perspective on how this field has evolved in the last ten year. We will explore what was accomplished, what has failed, and what were the lessons learned. We will also discuss enabling technologies, intelligent control, possible levels of computer assistance, and highlight future challenges in this ongoing Fantastic Voyage.
In our quest towards highly dexterous magnetic tentacle robots to reach deeper inside the human body and perform surgery, we realised that extremely soft continuum magnetic manipulators experience relevant twisting when interacting with controlling external magnetic fields and field gradients. So, if we want to precisely control their shape and avoid twisting, we need to add mechanical reinforcements along their length.
This is explained in detail in our latest publication supported by the ERC Consolidator Grant NoLiMiTs available open access at https://lnkd.in/dycDwCY