Forwarding a call for FP7 proposal partners on behalf of the Vesalius robot people from K.U.Leuven. See the previous post on Vesalius.
On behalf of the VESALIUS Robot research team, I would like to raise your interests in joining a consortium to enter FP7 proposal for the next call.
The VESALIUS Robot project is a 10 years research project 100% funded by K.U.Leuven. http://www.kuleuven.be/research/ The VESALIUS Robot Platform (VRP) is a common platform to develop potential Robot Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery applications. It is one of the safest and most simple robotic platform to be used for surgical purposes. Its Remote Center Motion (RCM), always on top of the patient feature and its V-shape design minimize the risk of robot-patient collision. Its non redundant and decoupled degrees of freedom provide the intuitive and exact way of control, even by hand in powerless situation. The adjustment in X and Z axis allows it to cope with variable incision position on patients. (Y axis adjustable by sliding on the rail of operating table). Its high payload enables additional instruments, devices and actuators to be handled and manipulated within patient's body. Best of all is its small working envelope which is preferable for human-robot co-manipulation and most suitable in multi-robot cooperation. It is just like a computer. New smart program and hardware can be installed to achieve different purposes in Minimally Invasive Surgery. Our examples on Laser surgery and camera holder illustrate the basic concept. Advance technologies can make it even more useful. Such as the semi-automatic laser scanning function on Laser robot. And the 3D reconstruction on camera holder robot. It can also applied in Single Port Access (SPA) Surgery.
More information can be found in http://www.vesaliusrobot.com/index
Live demonstration can be arranged within K.U.Leuven
Hsiao-Wei TANG, PhD (hsiao-wei.tang (at) mech.kuleuven.be)
Inventor Vesalius Robot
Robot Assisted Surgery Group
Dept. Mechanical Engineering, K.U.Leuven Belgium