Prof Pietro Valdastri delivers Keynote at the Hamlyn Symposium 2021

We are pleased to announce Professor Pietro Valdastri, Chair in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the University of Leeds, is one of the featured speakers of the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2021 (#HSMR21). Professor Valdastri gave a talk on ‘Medical Capsule Robots: A Fantastic Voyage’ followed by a Q&A session. The keynote can be […]

The rise of surgical robots – New Electronics magazine

STORMLAB featured in the version of the June 8th issue of New Electronics magazine, showing a robotic surgery front cover and accompanying article by Neil Tyler in which Dr Pietro Valdastri was quoted. See the issue here:

T-rays could ‘revolutionise cancer treatment’

Researchers are investigating whether a kinder form of radiation known as T-rays could be used to image and treat patients with skin or bowel cancer. See more at the University of Leeds health news article:

Thackray Medical Museum Exhibits simplified Robotic Colonoscopy Platform

Thanks to the effort of Andrew Jackson from Mech Eng at Uni Leeds, a simplified version of our robotic colonoscopy platform is now on display at the Thackray Medical Museum. The exhibit allows visitors to control a robot arm to steer a magnetic capsule in order to detect polyps inside a simulated colon. The Thackray […]

Autonomy in SurgicalRobotics

Starting from the autonomotive field, the topic of autonomy in robotics has been largely debated by the research community. In particular, the last 20 years have seen the rise of autonomous surgical robots as a result of an increasing interest by the community and the availability of robotic research platform. In this paper, starting from […]

Closed-loop Control Approach for Soft Continuum Manipulators under Tip Follower Actuation in IJRR

Soft continuum manipulators, inspired by nature, facilitate motion within complex environments where traditional rigid robots may be ineffective. This has driven demand for new control schemes designed to precisely control these highly flexible manipulators, whose kinematics may be sensitive to external loads, such as gravity. In this paper, published in the International Journal of Robotics […]

Guidelines for Robotic Flexible Endoscopy at the Time of COVID-19

In this paper, we review the state of flexible gastrointestinal endoscopy during COVID-19 and the significant changes that it has undergone over the last few months. One of the most challenging aspects has been related to potential generation of aerosols during endoscopy procedures and how this presents an increased risk to healthcare workers. This resulted […]

A Comparative Study of Spatio-Temporal U-Nets for Tissue Segmentation in Surgical Robotics

This paper compares the performance of three different neural network structures based on the U-Net for tissue segmentation. The models subject of this study comprise temporal layers such as Long Short Term Memory cells and Attention Gate block. Results show that the model benefits from the implementation of temporal layers along with attention-based layers, even […]