Surgical robotics

Surgical robotics 2017-12-27T15:14:11+00:00

Project Description


The introduction of robotic surgery within the operating rooms has significantly improved the quality of many surgical procedures. Recently, the research on medical robotics systems focused on increasing the level of autonomy in order to give them the possibility to carry out simple surgical actions in an autonomous way.

This research area focuses on the development of technologies for introducing automation within the surgical workflow. The results have been obtained during the FP7 European funded project Intelligent Surgical Robotics (I-SUR). The main goal of the project was to demonstrate that autonomous robotic surgical systems can carry out simple surgical tasks (puncturing and suturing) effectively and without major intervention by surgeons.

To fulfill this goal, together with the partners of the consortium, we have developed innovative solutions (both in terms of technologies and algorithms) for the following aspects: manufacturing of soft organ models starting from CT images, surgical planning and execution of movement of robot arms in contact with a deformable environment, designing surgical interface minimizing the cognitive load of the surgeon supervising the actions, intra-operative sensing and reasoning to detect normal transitions and unexpected events. All these technologies have been integrated using a component-based software architecture to control a novel robot designed to perform the surgical actions under study.

Surgical robotics
Surgical robotics



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Federica Ferraguti is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. She received…

CRISTIAN SECCHIAssociate Professor
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Cristian Secchi was born on February 4th, 1975. He graduated in computer science engineering, with majors in robotics and automation, at the University of Bologna (I) on July…

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ISUR – Intelligent Surgical Robotics – FP7 European Project