Talk by Prof. Pietro Valdastri (University of Leeds, UK)

Title of the talk:“LIFESAVING CAPSULE ROBOTS”

Speaker: Prof. Pietro Valdastri

Affiliation: University of Leeds, UK

Venue: IIA-501 (Bharti Building)

Date: Friday 16 September 2016

Time: 11:00 AM

ABSTRACT OF THE TALK

Capsule robots are meso-scale devices that leverage extreme miniaturization to access and operate in environments that are out of reach for larger robots. In medicine, capsule robots can be designed to enter the human body through natural orifices or small incisions, and to perform endoscopy and surgery while minimizing the invasiveness of the procedure.

The talk will move from capsule robots for gastrointestinal endoscopy toward a new generation of surgical robots and devices, having a relevant reduction in invasiveness as the main driver for innovation. Wireless capsule endoscopy has already been extremely helpful for the diagnosis of diseases in the small intestine. Specific wireless capsule endoscopes have been proposed for colon inspection, but have never reached the diagnostic accuracy of standard colonoscopy. In the first part of the talk, we will discuss enabling technologies that have the potential to transform colonoscopy and gastroscopy. These technologies include magnetic manipulation of capsule endoscopes, water jet propulsion, real-time pose tracking, and intermagnetic force measurement. The second part of the talk will give an overview about the development of novel robotic solutions for single incision robotic surgery. In particular, a novel surgical robotic platform based on local magnetic actuation will be presented as a possible approach to further minimize access trauma. The final part of the talk will introduce an open-source component-based design environment for capsule robots that aims at facilitating researchers in the field in exploring novel concepts and reducing the time to achieve a functional prototype.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Prof.Pietro Valdastri is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), one of the Editors of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, a member of the Technology Committee of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Robotics Research.

He co-founded a successful medical start-up (WinMedical, www.winmedical.com [1]), and received several prestigious awards, including the Wolfson Research Merit Award and the Hamlyn Symposium Surgical Robot Challenge Award in 2016, the NSF CAREER Award in 2015, the Sensys 2014 Best Paper Award, the OLYMPUS Best Laparoscopy/Robotic Paper Award 2013, the OLYMPUS ISCAS Best Paper Award 2012, the ASME Design of Medical Devices Conference Best Paper Award 2012, the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics Best Oral Presentation Award 2011, and the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery Best Technology Presentation Award 2011.

He co-founded a successful medical start-up (WinMedical, www.winmedical.com [1]), and received several prestigious awards, including the Wolfson Research Merit Award and the Hamlyn Symposium Surgical Robot Challenge Award in 2016, the NSF CAREER Award in 2015, the Sensys 2014 Best Paper Award, the OLYMPUS Best Laparoscopy/Robotic Paper Award 2013, the OLYMPUS ISCAS Best Paper Award 2012, the ASME Design of Medical Devices Conference Best Paper Award 2012, the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics Best Oral Presentation Award 2011, and the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery Best Technology Presentation Award 2011.

Link for Prof. Pietro's Bio:

http://engineering.vanderbilt.edu/me/faculty-staff/pietro-valdastri.php

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