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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

Funding Notes

Self-funded applicants may apply all year round. Applicants can also apply for a scholarship from the University of Sheffield but should note that competition for these scholarships is highly competitive. Scholarship applications should be made in the autumn with a strict deadline in late January. Specific information is available at: 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

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