Research in surgical robotics has an established track record at Imperial College, and a number of research and commercial surgical robot platforms have been developed over the years. The Hamlyn Centre is a champion for technological innovation and clinical adoption of robotic, minimally invasive surgery. We work in partnership with major industrial leaders in medical devices and surgical robots, as well as developing our own platforms such as the i-Snake® and Micro-IGES platforms. The Da Vinci surgical robot is used extensively for endoscopic radical prostatectomy, hiatal hernia surgery, and low pelvic and rectal surgery, and in 2003, St Mary’s Hospital carried out its first Totally Endoscopic Robotic Coronary Artery Bypass (TECAB).

The major focus of the Hamlyn Centre is to develop robotic technologies that will transform conventional minimally invasive surgery, explore new ways of empowering robots with human intelligence, and develop[ing miniature 'microbots' with integrated sensing and imaging for targeted therapy and treatment. We work closely with both industrial and academic partners in open platforms such as the DVRK, RAVEN and KUKA. The Centre also has the important mission of driving down costs associated with robotic surgery in order to make the technology more accessible, portable, and affordable. This will allow it to be fully integrated with normal surgical workflows so as to benefit a much wider patient population.

The Hamlyn Centre currently chairs the UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (UK-RAS) Network. The mission of the Network is to to provide academic leadership in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), expand collaboration with industry and integrate and coordinate activities across the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded RAS capital facilities and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).

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    Rafii-Tari H, Payne CJ, Liu J, Riga C, Bicknell C, Yang G-Zet al., 2015,

    Towards Automated Surgical Skill Evaluation of Endovascular Catheterization Tasks based on Force and Motion Signatures

    , IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Publisher: IEEE COMPUTER SOC, Pages: 1789-1794, ISSN: 1050-4729
    Ryuh Y-S, Yang G-H, Liu J, Hu Het al., 2015,

    A School of Robotic Fish for Mariculture Monitoring in the Sea Coast

    , Journal of Bionic Engineering, Vol: 12, Pages: 37-46, ISSN: 1672-6529
    Gras G, Vitiello V, Yang G-Z, 2014,

    Cooperative Control of a Compliant Manipulator for Robotic-Assisted Physiotherapy

    , IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 339-346, ISSN: 1050-4729
    Seneci CA, Shang J, Leibrandt K, Vitiello V, Patel N, Darzi A, Teare J, Yang G-Zet al., 2014,

    Design and Evaluation of a Novel Flexible Robot for Transluminal and Endoluminal Surgery

    , IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 1314-1321, ISSN: 2153-0858
    Wisanuvej P, Liu J, Chen C-M, Yang G-Zet al., 2014,

    Blind Collision Detection and Obstacle Characterisation Using a Compliant Robotic Arm

    , IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 2249-2254, ISSN: 1050-4729

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