Innovative robotic architectures for robotic endoscopy based on intelligent magnetic manipulation


   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Prof P Valdastri, Dr James Chandler  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The student will join the multi-disciplinary research carried on at the Science and Technology of Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab at the University of Leeds, where we strive to improve the quality of life for people undergoing soft-tissue surgery and flexible endoscopy by creating miniature and non-invasive robots. The continuous quest for miniaturization is enabling miniature capsule-like or tentacle robots to work inside the human body. At the STORM Lab, we are designing and creating soft and compliant robotic devices to be used inside specific districts of the human body to detect and cure diseases in a non-invasive way. These platforms are based on proprietary magnetic driving technologies and the KUKA lightweight robot certified for medical use. Potential research topics include definition of new robotic architectures based on intelligent magnetic manipulation, automation of robotic tasks in endoscopy, human-robot interaction, machine learning for manipulation planning and control, manipulation based on real-time position and force sensing, and platform validation in collaboration with our clinical partners. Frequent interactions with Vanderbilt University (TN, USA) and other partner Universities in the UK (University of Warwick, Glasgow University, King's College London, University College London, University of Edinburgh) will offer an outstanding research experience. Students graduated from our lab currently work for worldwide leaders in technological innovation, such as Apple and Intuitive Surgical, joined fast-growing start-ups in surgical robotics, such as Medical Micro Instruments and Atlas Endoscopy, or continue research in leading groups in the field of medical robotics.

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Funding Notes

A highly competitive School of Electronic & Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Studentship offering the award of fees at the UK fee rate of £4,712, together with a tax-free maintenance grant of £18,622 (currently for academic session 2023/24) for 3.5 years. This opportunity is open to UK applicants only. All candidates will be placed into the School of School of Electronic & Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Studentship Competition and selection is based on academic merit.

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