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.



Watts TE, Secoli R, Rodriguez y Baena F, A Mechanics-Based Model for 3D Steering of Programmable Bevel-Tip Needles, Ieee Transactions on Robotics, ISSN:1552-3098

Matheson E, Secoli R, Burrows C, et al., Cyclic Motion Control for Programmable Bevel-Tip Needles to Reduce Tissue Deformation, Journal of Medical Robotics Research, ISSN:2424-905X


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

Matheson E, Watts T, Secoli R, et al., Cyclic motion control for programmable bevel-tip needles 3D steering: a simulation study, ROBIO - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, IEEE

Watts T, Secoli R, Rodriguez y Baena F, Needle Steerability Measures: Definition and Application for Optimized Steering of the Programmable Bevel-tip Needle, 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (IEEE ROBIO 2018)

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