Imperial College London

DrEnricoFranco

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Research Associate
 
 
 
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Contact

 

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Location

 

708City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

CURRENT RESEARCH

My research interests include design, modeling, and control of soft continuum robots, and their application to medicine and manipulation.

I was named Researcher Co-Investigator for the EPSRC grant DEFCOBOT (Design for Control of Flexible Robots) led by Professor Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena (Mechanical Engineering Department) and Professor Alessandro Astolfi (Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department). Within this project I have investiaged the control of soft robots and flexible mechanisms. I am also named Researcher in a subsequent Impact Acceleration Account award.

My current work focusses on soft robotics for minimally invasive surgery, in collaboration with Dr Arnau Garriga-Casanovas and Dr Vani Virdyawan in the MiM Lab, and in partnership with Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia.

I recently presented a selection of my latest results at the workshop "Model-based control of soft robots" part of the European Control Conference 2021 (https://sites.google.com/view/softrobotecc21/homepage).

My previous research has been focussing on MRI-compatible robotics for percutaneous intervention of the liver. This has resulted in a fully-functional prototype that was validated experimentally in a clinical pilot study.