Imperial College London

Dr Alastair Barrow

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Honorary Research Fellow



+44 (0)20 3312 6379a.barrow




45Paterson WingSt Mary's Campus





Since completing a BSc in Cybernetics at the University of Reading I have been actively involved in robotics and simulation research. My specialty is haptic technology which, broadly speaking, is touch based interaction with computer simulation. Haptic technology brings together elements of robotics, control engineering, mechanical engineering and real-time software techniques and creates some fascinating interdisciplinary research problems. My PhD looked at novel techniques for large and fast movements in haptics and real-times physics simulation for natural object manipulation in virtual reality.

If you’re interested in finding out a bit more about haptics and haptic technology I’m building a resource for both the casually curious and those looking to leverage haptics in their work or research:

Since joining the Simms group at Imperial College I have continued my work on haptics and real-time simulation but have had the opportunity to extend my work into real world applications of the these technologies in the form of medical and surgical training simulators.



Korzeniowski P, Brown DC, Sodergren M, et al., 2016, Validation of NOViSE – a novel Natural Orifice Virtual Surgery Simulator, Surgical Innovation, Vol:24, ISSN:1553-3514, Pages:55-65

Korzeniowski P, Barrow A, Sodergren M, et al., 2016, NOViSE: a virtual natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery simulator, International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol:11, ISSN:1861-6410, Pages:2303-2315

Barrow A, Akhtar K, Gupte C, et al., 2013, Requirements analysis of a 5 degree of freedom haptic simulator for orthopedic trauma surgery., Stud Health Technol Inform, Vol:184, ISSN:0926-9630, Pages:43-47

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