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As minimally invasive surgery is being adopted in a wide range of surgical specialties, there is a growing trend in precision surgery, focussing on early malignancies with minimally invasive intervention and greater consideration on patient recovery and quality of life. This requires the development of sophisticated micro-instruments integrated with imaging, sensing, and robotic assistance for micro-surgical tasks. This facilitates management of increasingly small lesions in more remote locations with complex anatomical surroundings.

The programme grant 'Micro-Robotics for Surgery' seeks to harness different strands of engineering and clinical developments in micro-robotics for precision surgery to establish platform technologies in: 1) multi-scale robotic design and fabrication; 2) micro-manipulation and cooperative control; 3) microscopic imaging and spectroscopic biosensing; 4) intra-operative vision and navigation; and endoluminal platform development. By using endoluminal micro-surgical intervention for gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, lung and breast cancer as the exemplars, we aim to establish a strong technological platform with extensive industrial and wider academic collaboration to support seamless translational research and surgical innovation that are unique internationally.


Programme Grant Theme 1, 2, 3

Programme Grant- Multi-scale robotic design and fabrication

Multi-scale robotic design and fabrication

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Micro-manipulation and cooperative control

Micro-manipulation and cooperative control

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Microscopic imaging and spectroscopic biosensing

Microscopic imaging and spectroscopic biosensing

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Theme 4 & Publication

Intraoperative Vision and Navigation

Intraoperative Vision and Navigation

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Our Programme Grant Team

Principal Investigator & Co-Investigators

Professor Eric Yeatman

Professor Eric Yeatman

Professor Eric Yeatman
PI

Professor the Lord Ara Darzi

Professor the Lord Ara Darzi

Professor the Lord Ara Darzi
Co-I

Daniel Richard Leff

Daniel Richard Leff

Daniel Richard Leff
Co-I

Professor Pallav Shah

Professor Pallav Shah

Professor Pallav Shah
Co-I

Celia Theodoreli Riga

Celia Theodoreli Riga

Celia Theodoreli Riga
Co-I

Research Team

Dr Stamatia Giannarou

Dr Stamatia Giannarou

Dr Stamatia Giannarou

Dr Alex Thompson

Dr Alex Thompson

Dr Alex Thompson

Dr Salzitsa Yordanova Anastasova-Ivanova

Dr Salzitsa Yordanova Anastasova-Ivanova

Dr Salzitsa Yordanova Anastasova-Ivanova

Dr Mohamed Abdelaziz

Dr Mohamed Abdelaziz

Dr Mohamed Abdelaziz

Dr Weibang Bai

Dr Weibang Bai

Dr Weibang Bai

Dr Bruno Miguel Gil Rosa

Dr Bruno Miguel Gil Rosa

Dr Bruno Miguel Gil Rosa

Dr Jang Ah Kim

Dr Jang Ah Kim

Dr Jang Ah Kim

Dr Panagiotis Kassanos

Dr Panagiotis Kassanos

Dr Panagiotis Kassanos

Dr Meysam Keshavarz

Dr Meysam Keshavarz

Dr Meysam Keshavarz

Dr Michail Kiziroglou

Dr Michail Kiziroglou

Dr Michail Kiziroglou

Dr Mayue Shi

Dr Mayue Shi

Dr Mayue Shi

Dr Haijie Tan

Dr Haijie Tan

Dr Haijie Tan

Dr Burak Temelkuran

Dr Burak Temelkuran

Dr Burak Temelkuran

Dr Khushi Vyas

Dr Khushi Vyas

Dr Khushi Vyas

Dr Dominic James Wales

Dr Dominic James Wales

Dr Dominic James Wales

Dr Bo Xiao

Dr Bo Xiao

Dr Bo Xiao

Dr Ali Anil Demircali

Dr Ali Anil Demircali

Dr Ali Anil Demircali

Minghao Hu

Minghao Hu

Minghao Hu

Libaihe Tian

Libaihe Tian

Libaihe Tian

Jinshi Zhao

Jinshi Zhao

Jinshi Zhao

PhD Students (participate in the project)

Daniel Bautista

Daniel Bautista

Daniel Bautista

Francesco Cursi

Francesco Cursi

Francesco Cursi

Xu Chen

Xu Chen

Xu Chen

Charlie Ya-Yen Tsai

Charlie Ya-Yen Tsai

Charlie Ya-Yen Tsai

Dan-Dan Zhang

Dan-Dan Zhang

Dan-Dan Zhang

External Collaborators

Dr Antoine Barbot

Dr Antoine Barbot

Dr Antoine Barbot

Dr Pierre Berthet-Rayne

Dr Pierre Berthet-Rayne

Dr Pierre Berthet-Rayne

Dr Anzhu Gao

Anzhu Gao

Dr Anzhu Gao

Dr Bing Li

Dr Bing Li

Dr Bing Li

Dr Hyun Taek Lee

Dr Hyun Taek Lee

Dr Hyun Taek Lee

Dr Ning Liu

Dr Ning Liu

Dr Ning Liu

Dr Maura Power

Dr Maura Power

Dr Maura Power

Dr Mali Shen

Dr Mali Shen

Dr Mali Shen

Dr Florent Seichepine

Dr Florent Seichepine

Dr Florent Seichepine

Dr Henry Cheng Zhao

Dr Henry Cheng Zhao

Dr Henry Cheng Zhao

Research Group Officer

Asa Erh-Ya Tsui

Asa Erh-Ya Tsui

Asa Erh-Ya Tsui