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uRALP

Project reference: 288663
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Micro-Technologies and Systems for Robot-Assisted Laser Phonomicrosurgery

From 2012-01-16 to 2015-03-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 559 363

EU contribution:

EUR 2 650 000

Coordinated in:

Italy

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-7See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Micro-Technologies and Systems for Robot-assisted Laser Phonomicrosurgery

Lasers form an increasingly common tool for precision treatment of pathological conditions on delicate and vital human organs. However, laser aiming control relies completely on the dexterity of surgeons. µRALP proposes a redesign of laser phonomicrosurgery systems in order to create an advanced micro-surgical system through research and development of real-time cancer tissue imaging, surgeon-machine interfaces, assistive teleoperation, intelligent/cognitive safety systems and augmented-reality. The research will also allow relocating the laser actuator closer to the surgical site. This will bring unprecedented levels of accessibility and precision, while the surgeon will operate in a more ergonomic, information-rich, and assistive environment. The outcomes of the project will improve quality, safety, and effectiveness in laser phonomicrosurgery, enabling total tumour removal with minimal damage to healthy tissue and leading to a significantly enhanced capacity for cancer treatment in general.

Objective

Lasers form an increasingly common tool for precision treatment of pathological conditions on delicate and vital human organs. Laser phonomicrosurgery, which is a suite of complex otolaryngological surgical techniques for the treatment of minute abnormalities in the larynx, is one such example. However, laser aiming control for this procedure relies completely on the dexterity of surgeons, who must operate through a microscope and deal with its associated poor ergonomics, and this can have a strong impact on the quality of the procedures. In addition, the laser beam is directed from a comparatively large range (400mm), resulting in accuracy and consistency problems, and requiring extensive surgeon training. In this multidisciplinary project a redesign of this surgical setup is proposed to create an advanced augmented micro-surgical system through research and development of real-time cancer tissue imaging, surgeon-machine interfaces, assistive teleoperation, intelligent (cognitive) safety systems, and augmented-reality. Furthermore, research and development of new endoscopic tools and precision micro-robotic end effectors will allow relocating the laser actuator closer to the surgical site. This will allow unprecedented levels of accessibility and precision, while the surgeon will operate in a more ergonomic, information-rich, and assistive environment. The outcomes of the project will be improved quality, safety, and effectiveness in laser phonomicrosurgery, enabling total tumour removal with minimal damage to healthy tissue. The research efforts herein will generate new knowledge in the design and control of medical micro-mechatronic devices; cancer tissue imaging; assistive teleoperation in medicine; physician-robot interfaces; and cognitive computer vision. These technological advances will pave the way towards new and safer minimally invasive laser microsurgeries, leading to a significantly enhanced capacity for cancer treatment in general.

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Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 850 162


VIA MOREGO 30
16163 GENOVA
Italy
Administrative contact: SIMONA VENTRIGLIA
Tel.: +3901071781285
Fax: +391071781232
E-mail

Participants

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 593 661


Welfengarten 1
30167 HANNOVER
Germany
Administrative contact: Tobias Ortmaier
Tel.: +49 511 762 4179
Fax: +49 511 762 19976
E-mail
UNIVERSITE DE FRANCHE-COMTE
France

EU contribution: EUR 502 349


1 RUE CLAUDE GOUDIMEL
25000 BESANCON
France
Administrative contact: Laura PFLÜGER
Tel.: +33381665814
Fax: +33381501103
E-mail
CENTRE HOSPITALIER REGIONAL UNIVERSITAIRE DE BESANCON
France

EU contribution: EUR 348 236


PLACE SAINT JACQUES 2
25030 BESANCON CEDEX
France
Administrative contact: PASCAL DEBAT
Tel.: +33381218622
Fax: +33381218623
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 235 790


VIA BALBI 5
16126 GENOVA
Italy
Administrative contact: LUCREZIA RICELIO
Tel.: +390103537631
Fax: +390103537684
E-mail
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France

EU contribution: EUR 101 442


Rue Michel -Ange 3
75794 PARIS
France
Administrative contact: Johanna MICHIELIN
Tel.: +33 838 856 027
E-mail
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DE MECANIQUE ET DES MICROTECHNIQUES
France

EU contribution: EUR 18 360


CHEMIN DE L EPITAPHE 26
25030 BESANCON CEDEX
France
Administrative contact: Elisabeth TAIBO
Tel.: +33 381 40 27 10
E-mail
Record Number: 100870 / Last updated on: 2016-04-09