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Novel Lifesaving Magnetic Tentacles

Descrizione del progetto

Robot medici per dare una mano ai chirurghi

I chirurghi devono spesso eseguire interventi delicati ed estremamente difficili e affrontare malattie inoperabili. La tecnologia robotica potrebbe consentire loro di affrontare queste sfide. Il progetto NoLiMiTs, finanziato dall’UE, qualificherà i principi centrali comuni a robotica, magnetismo, produzione e medicina per consentire a robot intelligenti simili a tentacoli di migliorare le capacità dei chirurghi. Sono proposti per la prima volta robot a tentacoli magnetici perché sono sottili, scalabili, lisci e si conformano alle traiettorie curvilinee. In questo modo, i chirurghi saranno in grado di progettare tentacoli personalizzati e di crearli in base alle esigenze. Il progetto conta quattro obiettivi di ricerca: architettura e modelli robotici; intelligenza e controllo; progettazione rapida, simulazione e sintesi; valutazione sperimentale multilivello. Il metodo ridurrà i costi delle cure e migliorerà i servizi sanitari pubblici.

Obiettivo

The aim of this project is to characterize fundamental principles at the intersection of robotics, magnetics, manufacturing and medicine, which will enable intelligent tentacle-like robots to augment the capabilities of surgeons in reaching deep into the human anatomy through complex winding pathways and treat inoperable diseases.
Magnetic tentacle robots, proposed here for the first time, have the potential to be thin, extremely soft and scalable, and to conform to curvilinear trajectories by leveraging magnetic control over their entire length. The surgeon needing to access difficult to reach targets such as peripheral nodules in the lungs, small diseased blood vessels and regions deep inside the brain, will be able to design personalised tentacles and fabricate them on demand.
My world-leading research team in surgical robotics–to be further consolidated by this grant–will define and explore new robotic architectures, as well as the design and fabrication processes integral to this novel concept. Proprioceptive sensing, combined with mathematical models, will enable intelligent robotic control. Robotic assistance will be context dependent, ranging from joystick-based operation to autonomous control along pre-planned trajectories. An integrated design environment will help systematise and streamline implementation.
The research programme consists of four work packages: 1) Robotic architectures and models; 2) Intelligence and control; 3) Rapid design, simulation and synthesis; and 4) Multi-scale experimental evaluation, embracing different scenarios where control over the entire body of the robot is crucial: lung biopsy, cardiovascular interventions and neurosurgery.
This interdisciplinary research will strengthen Europe’s position in medical robotics and improve public health by reducing patient recovery times, complication rates, and treatment costs, and ultimately saving the lives of patients suffering diseases that are inoperable—and often terminal—today.

Meccanismo di finanziamento

ERC-COG - Consolidator Grant
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Coordinatore

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 2 698 136,00
Indirizzo
Woodhouse lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Regno Unito

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Regione
Yorkshire and the Humber West Yorkshire Leeds
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Altri finanziamenti
€ 0,00

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