Usability of a novel disposable endoscope for gastric cancer screening in low-resource settings: results from rural India

A new paper from the STORM Lab UK presented at Digestive Disease Week 2020, and now appearing in Gastroenterology (May 2020), describes initial usability testing of our novel low-cost gastroscope (the BellowScope) with medical professionals in rural India. The research is part of our collaboration with the NIHR funded Global Health Research Group – Surgical Technologies. The work […]

Lap-Pack, an ultra-low-cost, DIY, portable laparoscopic simulator

In abdominal surgery a laparoscopic approach is widely recognised as the gold-standard in most common surgical procedures. However, still open surgery is the standard of treatment for the majority of populations in low and middle-income countries. Even if laparoscopic surgery is accepted in a medical setting, its impact is limited by shortage of skilled surgeons. […]

Online Disturbance Estimation for Improving Kinematic Accuracy in Continuum Manipulators

A new paper has just been published from the STORM Lab UK, it describes a method for improving the accuracy of kinematic models of continuum manipulators through the incorporation of orientation sensor feedback. Achieved through the use of a “disturbance wrench”, which is used to compensate for unmodeled effects, and is continuously estimated based on […]

STORM Lab Members attend Intuitive Surgical Research Symposium

Dr. Bruno Scaglioni and Aleks Attanasio attended the research symposium at the Intuitive Surgical headquarters. The company hosted many researchers, engineers and clinicians, with the aim of sharing their ideas and results about new technologies for robotic surgery. Events like this are the perfect ground for a productive cooperation between physicians and engineers, opening the […]

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore visits Nexus and tries STORM prototypes

Dr James Chandler, Research Fellow in Medical Robotics and Professor Pietro Valdastri, Chair in Robotics and Autonomous Systems in the School of Electronic and Engineering demonstrated the prototype bellowscope and Magnetic Flexible Endoscope to Chris Skidmore; Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation as part of a tour of Leeds Universities innovation hub. The […]

Team RoboFORCE wins KUKA Innovation Prize

During the MEDICA medical technology trade fair in Düsseldorf the KUKA Innovation Award was decided on the topic of “Healthy Living”. Robotic talents from all over the world applied with their ideas and an international jury selected the five best concepts. The final teams presented their ideas to a broad specialist audience at MEDICA 2019. […]

STORM Lab team attends 2019 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

The STORM Lab team attended 2019 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) which took place in Macau, November 4-8. The work “Control of Magnetic Endoscopes under Anatomical Uncertainties” comparing two different control approaches for magnetic levitation was presented by Lavinia. Aleks and Giovanni presented two posters at the workshop about “Intelligent Robot […]

Robotic colonoscopy platform featured by BBC Digital Planet

BBC Digital Planet reporter Madeleine Finlay visited the International Robotics Conference and discussed with Joe Norton, a postdoctoral researcher part of the team involved with the robotic colonoscopy platform about our research and innovations. Listen here from 20:35 (6 minute total)

Sonopill feasibility study published in Science Robotics

STORM Lab engineers have helped show it is technically possible to guide a tiny robotic capsule inside the colon to take micro-ultrasound images. Known as a Sonopill, the device could one day replace the need for patients to undergo an endoscopic examination, where a semi-rigid scope is passed into the bowel – an invasive procedure […]