Technologies for Health: Robotics in Modern Medicine

Professor Shane Xie and Professor Pietro Valdastri, Chairs in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Inaugural lectures for Professor Pietro Valdastri and Professor Shane Xie

The world faces an increasing challenge in providing healthcare and UK's expertise in medical technology has the potential both to improve the quality of life and to provide economic growth for an export market in medical technologies. These inaugural lectures will provide an insight into the role of robotics in modern medicine.

Date: Monday 22 May 2017
Time: 17:30-20:00
Location: School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds
Registration: Places for this event are limited - please register online for free to confirm your place.

Lecture 1 - Lifesaving Capsule Robots

By Professor Pietro Valdastri

Medical capsule robots are cm-size devices that leverage extreme miniaturization to access and operate in environments that are out of reach for larger robots. In medicine, capsule robots can be designed to be swallowed like a pill and to diagnose and treat mortal diseases, such as cancer.

The talk will move from capsule robots for the inspection of the digestive tract toward a new generation of surgical robots and devices, having a relevant reduction in size and invasiveness as the main driver for innovation.

During the talk, we will discuss the recent enabling technologies that are being developed at the University of Leeds to transform medical robotics. These technologies include magnetic manipulation of capsule robots, water jet propulsion, real-time tracking of capsule position and orientation, magnetic force measurement, miniature mechatronic design, small-scale electronic circuits, and open-source design environments. 

Read Professor Valdastri's biography.

Lecture 2 - Robotics for healthcare: from physical rehabilitation to innovative medicine

By Professor Shane Xie​

The advancement in robotics, sensing, control, and human-robot collaboration has allowed these cutting-edge technologies to play increasing roles in biomedical research areas, which draws a synergy from multiple engineering disciplines and medical and health sciences. In dealing with biomedical applications, robotics has come into a new era with unique capabilities, which leads to many new healthcare systems at various application levels.

This talk discusses our recent research work in medical and rehabilitation robotics, smart materials and biomemitics. After an overview of mechatronics and robotics research capabilities at the University of Leeds, it focuses on biomechatronics systems and devices for automating biomedical operations, including rehabilitation, ortheaptic surgery and drug delivery.

The seminar further highlights how our recent development of dielectric elastomer and soft actuators for use as artificial muscles.

Read Professor Xie's biography.