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AuTonomous intraLuminAl Surgery

Objective

In modern surgery body lumens increasingly serve as access route to deeply located anatomic regions. Navigation through narrow and mostly fragile and deformable lumens requires considerable skill, dexterity and consequently imposes a large mental load. Visualization is notoriously poor. Due to phenomena such as slack, backlash and compliance the controllability of the instruments is bad. Surgeons undergo steep learning curves and even experienced surgeons often lack confidence about their gestures. Surgical risks including internal bleeding, tissue damage, puncture or rupture are imminent.

ATLAS will produce a generation of European researchers that will develop robotic skills and techniques to automate complex surgical intraluminal therapies. Due to physiological phenomena or the surgical action the anatomy changes considerably, reducing the value of pre-operative data and imaging. Compliant instruments must be employed to navigate through lumens. As they proceed they deform and undergo complex and distributed contacts with the fragile environment. Step changes in intra-operative and distributed sensing, real-time modeling and 3D reconstruction, decision-making, intra-operative planning and autonomous control will be made to deal with the extreme variability that is encountered.

Whereas assistive technology for steering flexible endoscopes, ureteroscopes, colonoscopes, guidewires and vascular catheters has been notoriously disparate and incoherent, ATLAS will develop and train researchers in identifying and exploiting the commonalities amongst these cases. This generalization will lead to a rigorous unified framework and guidelines to deploy assistive techniques tailored to each specific therapy. The ATLAS consortium consists of Europe’s leading institutes in the field of surgery automation and design and control of flexible instruments. It is backed up by a broad set of clinical and industrial partners that are eager to get involved in subsequent exploitation.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018
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Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 768 960

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 522 999,36
Address
Via Dell Artigliere 8
37129 Verona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 522 999,36
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DE STRASBOURG
France
EU contribution
€ 824 406,12
Address
Rue Blaise Pascal 4
67081 Strasbourg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 522 999,36
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 531 239,76
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 250 904,88
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (14)

AM2M SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA SPOLKA KOMANDYTOWA
Poland
Address
Ul. Mickiewicza, Nr 7
87100 Torun
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OROBIX SRL
Italy
Address
Via Gabriele Camozzi 144
24121 Bergamo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CAMELOT BIOMEDICAL SYSTEMS SRL
Italy
Address
Via Ponte Reale 2/20
16124 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EYE-TECH srl
Italy
Address
Merano 10
38027 Malè (Tn)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FBGS INTERNATIONAL
Belgium
Address
Bell-telephonelaan 2H
2440 Geel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEAM BV
Netherlands
Address
Science Park, 400
1098 XH Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
ISTITUTO EUROPEO DI ONCOLOGIA SRL
Italy
Address
Via Filodrammatici 10
20121 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACIO HOSPITAL UNIVERSITARI VALL D'HEBRON - INSTITUT DE RECERCA
Spain
Address
Passeig Vall D Hebron 119-129 Edificio De Recerca
08035 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
OLV Robotic Surgery Institute
Belgium
Address
Moorselbaan 164
9300 Aalst
Activity type
Other
INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE CONTRE LES CANCERS DE L'APPAREIL DIGESTIF
France
Address
Place De L'hopital 1
67091 Strasbourg Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations