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 = {Shang, J and Leibrandt, K and Giataganas, P and Vitiello, V and Seneci, CA and Wisanuvej, P and Liu, J and Gras, G and Clark, J and Darzi, A and Yang, G-Z},
doi = {10.1109/LRA.2017.2668461},
journal = {IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters},
pages = {1510--1517},
title = {A Single-Port Robotic System for Transanal Microsurgery—Design and Validation},
url = {},
volume = {2},
year = {2017}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - This letter introduces a single-port robotic platform for transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS). Two robotically controlled articulated surgical instruments are inserted via a transanal approach to perform submucosal or full-thickness dissection. This system is intended to replace the conventional TEMS approach that uses manual laparoscopic instruments. The new system is based on master-slave robotically controlled tele-manipulation. The slave robot comprises a support arm that is mounted on the operating table, supporting a surgical port and a robotic platform that drives the surgical instruments. The master console includes a pair of haptic devices, as well as a three-dimensional display showing the live video stream of a stereo endoscope inserted through the surgical port. The surgical instrumentation consists of energy delivery devices, graspers, and needle drivers allowing a full TEMS procedure to be performed. Results from benchtop tests, ex vivo animal tissue evaluation, and in vivo studies demonstrate the clinical advantage of the proposed system.
AU - Shang,J
AU - Leibrandt,K
AU - Giataganas,P
AU - Vitiello,V
AU - Seneci,CA
AU - Wisanuvej,P
AU - Liu,J
AU - Gras,G
AU - Clark,J
AU - Darzi,A
AU - Yang,G-Z
DO - 10.1109/LRA.2017.2668461
EP - 1517
PY - 2017///
SN - 2377-3766
SP - 1510
TI - A Single-Port Robotic System for Transanal Microsurgery—Design and Validation
T2 - IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
UR -
UR -
VL - 2
ER -