Imperial College London

Mr Joao Cartucho

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Research Postgraduate







Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





Joao Cartucho is a Ph.D. student in The Hamlyn Centre at Imperial College London, working at Surgical Robotics and Imaging Diagnostics and Sensing. He is supervised by Dr. Stamatia GiannarouProfessor Dan Elson and Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham.

During his master thesis, he collaborated with Professor Manuela Veloso at Carnegie Mellon University on a learning algorithm that enhances a robot's object recognition capabilities by proactively asking humans for help, at the Machine Learning Department. This work was published in IROS 2018 and was a finalist for the Best RoboCup Paper Award.

He is a member of the RoboCup Organizing Committee and a mentor for OpenCV at Google Summer of Code 2019.

Recent Work

This video illustrates Joao's master thesis work where robots learn to detect new objects by proactively interacting with humans. This video was awarded as the Best Master’s Thesis Video at IST / DEEC.



Cartucho J, Tukra S, Li Y, et al., 2020, VisionBlender: a tool to efficiently generate computer vision datasets for robotic surgery, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization, ISSN:2168-1163, Pages:1-8

Huang B, Tsai Y-Y, Cartucho J, et al., 2020, Tracking and visualization of the sensing area for a tethered laparoscopic gamma probe, International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol:15, ISSN:1861-6410, Pages:1389-1397

Cartucho J, Shapira D, Ashrafian H, et al., 2020, Multimodal mixed reality visualisation for intraoperative surgical guidance, International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol:15, ISSN:1861-6410, Pages:819-826


Zhan J, Cartucho J, Giannarou S, 2020, Autonomous tissue scanning under free-form motion for intraoperative tissue characterisation, 2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE, Pages:11147-11154

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