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26 Jun 2018

UK Robotics Week Seminar: Lifesaving Capsule Robots

In support of UK Robotics Week, the EPSRC CDT in Embedded Intelligence is pleased to announce a seminar by Professor Pietro Valdastri.

The talk on 3 July 2018 will focus on Medical Capsule Robots. Capsule robots are cm-size 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 be swallowed like a pill and to diagnose and treat mortal diseases, such as cancer. The talk will move from capsule robots for the inspection of the digestive tract toward a new generation of surgical robots and devices, having a relevant reduction in size and invasiveness as the main driver for innovation.

During the talk, we will discuss the recent enabling technologies that are being developed at the University of Leeds to transform medical robotics. These technologies include magnetic manipulation of capsule robots, water jet propulsion, real-time tracking of capsule position and orientation, magnetic force measurement, miniature mechatronic design, small-scale electronic circuits, and open-source design environments.

Professor Pietro Valdastri is the Director of the Institute of Robotics, Autonomous System and Sensing (IRASS), the STORM Lab, and the Robotics at Leeds network. He 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 a member of the steering committee of the International Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (iSMIT). 

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