Robotics Forum Seminar – Medical Robots
The talk will discuss the transition from open, to minimally invasive and non-invasive surgery, and how this necessitates the development of medical robots. The state-of-the art and innovative developments in the field will be presented. Advances in artificial intelligence offer great promise towards automation in robotic surgery, which however pose significant practical, ethical and legal concerns. To this end, novel “human in the loop” approaches based on advanced human-robot interfaces are proposed.
George has a background in Mechatronics and Computer Science and is leading the Human-centred Automation, Robotics and Automation in Surgery -HARMS- lab, at the Department of Surgery and Cancer and Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London. Research at the HARMS lab is underpinned by a Human-Centred paradigm. The main goals of this paradigm can be broadly identified: (a) Patient- and surgeon-specific designs with the aim to minimize and eliminate invasiveness, optimise outcomes, improve ergonomics and promote personalisation; (b) Frugal innovation to provide affordable surgical technologies, allow infrastructure re-purposing and small theatre footprint; (c) Perceptually-enabled functionalities to improve ergonomics, reduce mental fatigue, facilitate automation and increase safety; (d) Enabling technologies able to introduce radical change, and augment performance and capabilities by making robotic surgery attainable and accessible; (e) Disruptive innovation that pushes the boundaries by proposing new paradigms in minimally invasive surgery.
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