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About the Project

In this project we explore a new class of medical robots – robotic implants, which reside inside the body for the repair, reinforcement, and control of physical functions for a long period of time. We have developed an autonomous robot that addresses the reconstruction of the gastro-intestine by controlled force application to the tissue, providing direct impact on a number of clinical conditions, e.g., long-gap esophageal atresia or short bowel syndrome [1-4]. Following this challenge, we will further advance the platform and its control, in order to conduct extended surgical procedures. We will test these robots on artificial and biological tissues.

This research will take place in the Sheffield Biomedical Robotics Laboratory. More details about the projects that run in our laboratory and publications are at the link: https://sites.google.com/site/danadamian/research

The project is interdisciplinary with a core focus on the robotics field. This gives you the opportunity to learn and develop technologies from diverse fields, such as engineering, bioengineering, biology and medicine.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded research project.

We require applicants to have either an undergraduate honours degree (2:1) or MSc (Merit or Distinction) in a relevant engineering subject from a reputable institution. For this project you will need to be skilled in design, control or system integration. If you have a degree in Medical Sciences and are interested in experimental research and system integration, you are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants can apply for a Scholarship from the University of Sheffield but should note that competition for these Scholarships is highly competitive: View Website

References

[1] Damian D.D., Arabagi S., Fabozzo A., Ngo P., Jennings R., Manfredi M., and Dupont P. (2014) Robotic Implant to Apply Tissue Traction Forces in the Treatment of Esophageal Atresia, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 786-792

[2] Damian D.D., Arabagi S., and Dupont P. (2015) Design and testing of a robotic implant for esophageal atresia for in vivo animal experiments, Hamlyn Symposium, pp.73-74

[3] Shull P. and Damian D.D. (2015) Haptic Wearables as Sensory Replacement, Sensory Augmentation and Trainer for Sensory Impairments – A Review, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 12:59

[4] Miyashita S., Guitron S., Yoshida K., Li S., Damian D.D., and Rus D. (2016) Ingestible, Controllable, and Degradable Origami Robot for Patching Stomach Wounds, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 909-916

Full details of how to apply can be found at the following link:
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/research-degrees/applyphd

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