Stormlab UK @ Wired Health Italy

15 March 2018. Prof. Valdastri, director of the StormLab, is an invited speaker at Wired Health – Innovazione per la vita (Innovation for Life), the first business conference on healthcare technology hosted by Wired Italy. Wired Health is a one day event focused on technological aspects of healthcare and well-being, as well as new lifestyles and […]

Best Student Paper Award at the International Symposium on Medical Robotics 2018

2 March 2018. We have been awarded the Best Student Paper Award at the International Symposium on Medical Robotics 2018 for the work “A Disposable Continuum Endoscope Using Piston-driven Parallel Bellow Actuator” by N. Garbin, L. Wang, J. Chandler, K. L. Obstein, N. Simaan, P. Valdastri. The paper describes a ultra-low-cost solution for gastric cancer screening […]

Seminar at the University of Toronto

16 February 2018. Pietro Valdastri was invited to give the talk “Lifesaving Capsule Robots” at the University of Toronto, within the Distinguished Seminar Series of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. During the visit, Pietro had a chance to visit several great research labs, including Jim Drake’s Lab at SickKids Hospital (picture below) and […]

Science for a Successful Nation

On the 21st of February, we were invited by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to showcase our pioneering work on magnetic guided capsule robots, alongside other Sonopill team members, at the historic Royal Society in central London. The aim of the event, entitled “Science for a Successful Nation,” was to demonstrate the importance […]

The daVinci Research Kit has arrived at the Storm Lab UK

The Storm Lab is happy to announce that a brand new DaVinci® Research Kit has arrived. The daVinci® Research Kit [1], a.k.a. dVRK, is an advanced control system, produced by Medical Motion Corporation, a spinoff of the Worchester Polytechnic Institute, Massachussetts, USA. This system allows to directly control the motion of the Intuitive Surgical daVinci® […]

Santa Claus has come to STORM Lab: The new KUKA LBR Med has arrived

Santa Claus has arrived a bit earlier than usual this year at the STORM Lab! Today STORM LAb has received a brand new KUKA LBR Med. This unique lightweight robot, produced by the german company KUKA AG (, is the medically approved version of the well-known LBR collaborative robotic arm. This robot is the first […]

New Lab Members

The Storm Lab has grown! The team is glad to announce that new members have joined our research group. Starting from september, seven new people joined us, the Storm Lab UK is getting bigger! The master students Lavinia Barducci and Nicola Fornarelli, both from Università di Pisa, joined us for their theses. Lavinia is goin […]

STORM Lab UK is online!

We have spent the last 15 months setting up STORM Lab UK here in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds. There was a lot of work involved, including hiring staff and buying equipment (from £2 duct tape to £60 000 pound KUKA robot arms!). Now that the lab is up and […]