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Robotic Implants to Control Body Functions

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

In this project we explore a new class of medical robots – robotic implants, which reside inside the body for extended periods of time in order to repair or replace tissues and organs [1-3]. These robots can be used for conducting extended surgical interventions and maintenance, or for tissue engineering purposes. One application of the robotic implant that we address is the reconstruction of the gastro-intestine by applying controlled forces on the tissue to change its length or stiffness, with direct impact on a number of clinical conditions, e.g., long-gap esophageal atresia, short bowel syndrome.

This project is interdisciplinary, thus giving you the opportunity to learn and develop technologies from diverse fields, such as engineering, bioengineering, biology, and medicine. You will have a degree in Engineering and are skilled in design, control or system integration. If you have a degree in Medical Sciences and are interested in system integration and experimental research, you are also encouraged to apply.

Funding Notes

Applicants can apply for a Scholarship from the University of Sheffield but should note that competition for these Scholarships is highly competitive. it will be possible to make Scholarship applications from the Autumn with a strict deadline in late January/early February. Specific information will appear: 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

How good is research at University of Sheffield in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 21.80

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