Gordon Research Seminar presentation and the Gordon Research Conference

Michael and Giovanni had the privilege and pleasure to present their work at the first ever Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Robotics last week. While Professor Valdastri presented a summary of the progress made by the Tentacles project at the Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Professor Valdastri summarized the event by saying “Cutting edge research shared […]

Magnetic Soft Continuum Robots With Braided Reinforcement

Flexible catheters are used in a wide variety of surgical interventions. In many cases a lack of dexterity and miniaturization along with excessive stiffness results in large regions of the anatomy being deemed inaccessible. Soft, magnetic snake-like robots have the potential to mitigate these issues. Currently, flexible magnetic catheters rely on interactive forces to “follow […]

‘Robotic Autonomy for Magnetic Endoscope Biopsy

The magnetic flexible endoscope team have just published their latest work entitled ‘Robotic Autonomy for Magnetic Endoscope Biopsy’ to IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics. Tissue biopsies taken during colonoscopy are important to aid in the early detection of diseases such as colorectal cancer, Crohn’s and Ulcerated Colitis. Using our magnetic endoscope, developed to […]

Active Stabilization of Interventional Tasks Utilizing a Magnetically Manipulated Endoscope

In this new paper from our Lab (Active Stabilization of Interventional Tasks Utilizing a Magnetically Manipulated Endoscope), we show how intelligent robotics can help with stabilizing the tip of a flexible endoscope and support a gastroenterologist in acquiring a tissue sample during a colonoscopy. This task is crucial for colorectal cancer screening and it often […]

A robot small enough to explore the lungs

Engineers and scientists have paved the way for a robot that can reach some of the smallest bronchial tubes in the lungs – to take tissue samples or deliver cancer therapy. Though still a prototype, the robot can reach the inner recesses of the human body with minimal invasion, a task that has long frustrated […]

Top honour for engineer pioneering medical robots

A leading academic at the University of Leeds has been honoured for his work in developing medical robots. Pietro Valdastri, Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Director of the STORM Lab, has been made a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Fellowships are given to a limited […]

A decade retrospective of medical robotics research from 2010 to 2020

Together with world-leading experts in medical robotics, we have prepared a concise review of the progresses in the last decade that is now published in Science Robotics. This paper is a great read for newcomers to the field as well as for more established researchers. You can find the paper at this link: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/scirobotics.abi8017