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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  • JOURNAL ARTICLE
    Liu J-D, Hu H,

    Jin-Dong Liu, Huosheng Hu Department of Computer Science, University of Essex, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK Received 2006-7-10 Revised 2006-8-20 Online

  • CONFERENCE PAPER
    Seneci CA, Shang JS, Yang GZY,

    Design and FEM Simulation of a Miniaturized WristedSurgical Grasper

    , Hamlyn Symposium on Surgical Robotics 2013
  • CONFERENCE PAPER
    Seneci CA, shang JS, Yang GZY,

    Design of a bimanual end-effector for an endoscopicsurgical robot.

    , The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2014.
  • CONFERENCE PAPER
    Zuo SZ, Hughes MH, Giataganas PG, Seneci CS, Chang TPC, Yang GZYet al.,

    Development of a large area scanner for intraoperative breast endomicroscopy.

    , In 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
  • CONFERENCE PAPER
    cundy TPC, patel NP, shang JS, seneci CS, payne CJP, vitiello VV, yang GZYet al.,

    Per-Oral Endoscopic Cardiomyotomy and Pyloromyotomy using a Flexible Snake Robot–Proof of Concept with a Porcine Model.

    , In The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics

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