About us

Our Expertise

We have a strong expertise in the magnetic manipulation and localization of medical capsules and soft robots, which we leverage to reach deep inside the human body to diagnose and treat life-threatening and inoperable diseases.   
Soft robotics, intelligent control, frugal design, advanced proprioceptive sensing, innovative manufacturing and smart actuation are some of the scientific tools we use to create affordable lifesaving medical technologies

"We strive to improve the quality of life for people undergoing flexible endoscopy and laparoscopic surgery by creating affordable and intelligent robotic solutions.”​
Pietro Valdastri
Director of STORM Lab UK

STORM Lab Director

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Pietro Valdastri

Professor and Chair in Robotics And Autonomous Systems

Director of the Institute of Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Sensing (IRASS)
Director of Robotics at Leeds
Ph.D. in Medical Robotics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

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Joseph Norton

Medical Robotics Research Fellow

Master of Engineering (MEng) Mechatronics and Robotics at University of Leeds
Ph.D. Mechatronics and Robotics at University of Leeds

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Bruno Scaglioni

Medical Robotics Research Fellow

Master of Science (MSC) Engineering of Computing Systems at Politecnico di Milano
Ph.D. Systems and Control at Politecnico di Milano

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James Chandler

Medical Robotics Research Fellow

Master of Engineering (MEng) Automotive Engineering at University of Leeds
Ph.D. Surgical Technologies at University of Leeds

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Manish Chauhan

Medical Robotics Research Fellow

Master of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Ph.D in Bioengineering Robotics at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Ph.D. Students

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Simone Calò

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano

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James Martin

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) Robotics Engineering at University of Bristol

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Aleks Attanasio

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) Robotics Engineering at Università di Genova and Universitat Jaume I

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Giovanni Pittiglio

Ph.D Student

Postgraduate at HARMS Lab, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London

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Lavinia Barducci

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) Robotics Engineering at Università di Pisa

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Peter Llyod

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) Computational Aerodynamics at University of Leeds

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Tomás Veiga

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) in Biomedical Engineering at University of Porto

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Nils Marahrens

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering at Technical University of Munich

Undergraduate Students

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Luca Previtera

Visiting Master Student

Bachelor of Science (BSc) Biomedical Engineering at Universitá di Pisa

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David Biegger

Visiting Master Student

Bachelor in Medical Engineering at Hochschule Ulm

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Sara Rustum

Visiting Master Student

Bachelor of Science (BSc) Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano

Staff

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Nicola Fornarelli

Post-graduate Research Assistant

Master of Science (MSc) Biomedical Engineering at Universitá di Pisa

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Sam Wilson

Research Support Technician

Bachelor of Science (BSc) Medical Science at University of Leeds

Our Grants enable us to work towards ...

Surgical robotics, affordable intelligent endoscopy, medical capsule robots, soft magnetic continuum manipulators and autonomy in robotic surgery.