Imperial College London

Dr. Riccardo Secoli

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Research Associate



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Riccardo Secoli received the MSEE in Computer Engineering (branch Control System Engineering) from the University of Padua (Italy) in 2006. He then joined the Department of Innovation in Mechanics and Management (University of Padua), where he gained a PhD in Industrial Engineer with specialization in Mechatronics and Industrial System in 2010. In 2009, he was a visiting PhD Student in the Biorobotics Lab (Dept. Mechanical and Aerospace Eng. - University of California Irvine - USA) where he joined as post-doc until 2011.

His a Research Associate in the Mechatronics in Medicine Lab at Dept. Mechanical Eng. - Imperial College London. since 2012

Main Research Topics: bio-inspired minimally invasive surgical systems, assistive devices for rehabilitation of patient affected by stroke or for cerebral palsy children. Frugal innovation.

Coordinator for the robotic theme of the European Project: EDEN2020 project.



Darwood A, Secoli R, Bowyer SA, et al., 2016, Intraoperative Manufacturing of Patient-Specific Instrumentation for Shoulder Arthroplasty: A Novel Mechatronic Approach, Journal of Medical Robotics Research, Vol:01, ISSN:2424-905X, Pages:1650005-1650005

Liu F, Garriga-Casanovas A, Secoli R, et al., 2016, Fast and Adaptive Fractal Tree-Based Path Planning for Programmable Bevel Tip Steerable Needles, Ieee Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol:1, ISSN:2377-3766, Pages:601-608


Watts T, Secoli R, Rodriguez y Baena F, 2019, Modelling the Deformation of Biologically Inspired Flexible Structures for Needle Steering, Pages:67-80, ISSN:2211-0984

Secoli R, Rodriguez y Baena F, 2018, Experimental validation of curvature tracking with a programmable bevel-tip steerable needle, International Symposium on Medical Robotics, IEEE

Burrows C, Liu F, Leibinger A, et al., 2017, Multi-target Planar Needle Steering with a Bio-inspired Needle Design, 1st International Conference of IFToMM ITALY (IFIT), Springer, Pages:51-60, ISSN:2211-0984

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