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).


BibTex format

author = {Seneci, CA and Shang, J and Leibrandt, K and Vitiello, V and Patel, N and Darzi, A and Teare, J and Yang, GZ},
doi = {10.1109/IROS.2014.6942727},
pages = {1314--1321},
title = {Design and evaluation of a novel flexible robot for transluminal and endoluminal surgery},
url = {},
year = {2014}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Precise and repetitive positional control of surgical robots is important to reduce time and risks of surgical procedures. These factors become particularly important when deploying the surgical system through a flexible path to areas with a tight workspace such as the stomach or oesophagus where high dexterity, flexibility, accuracy and stability are required. This paper presents a flexible access robot combining articulated joints and continuum flexible section for both transluminal and endoluminal surgeries. Kinematic model and control strategy for the flexible robot are described in the paper. The experiment simulating a transoral gastric procedure demonstrates great flexibility and dexterity of the device. The results show that good accuracy and repetitive control of the device are achieved, which demonstrate the potential application of the device for transluminal or endoluminal surgery.
AU - Seneci,CA
AU - Shang,J
AU - Leibrandt,K
AU - Vitiello,V
AU - Patel,N
AU - Darzi,A
AU - Teare,J
AU - Yang,GZ
DO - 10.1109/IROS.2014.6942727
EP - 1321
PY - 2014///
SP - 1314
TI - Design and evaluation of a novel flexible robot for transluminal and endoluminal surgery
UR -
ER -