Events

Abstract: Imagine that it would be possible to treat any patient in an early phase of a disease at any location in the body using tiny instruments that cause limited trauma to healthy tissue. Our challenge is to develop a new generation of devices with highly advanced functionality at the tip. Examples of devices we…
Abstract: Telecommunication community can benefit from some findings in neuroscience and robotics. The neuroscience community has long been trying to understand how the central nervous system is managing the concurrent control of the whole body with many degrees of freedom to survive in situations that needs fast responses, but with slow communication pathways. The robotics…
Abstract: Throughout history, master builders have discovered expressive forms through the constraints of economy, efficiency and elegance. There is much to learn from the structural principles they developed. Novel structural design tools that extend traditional graphical methods to three dimensions allow designers to discover a vast range of possible shell forms. By better understanding the…
Abstract: In my group, we have been exploring the rules of plasticity that govern motor activity via the spinal circuits related to the hands and legs. Our focus is on the modulation of these spinal circuits during the task in normal and in disease or dysfunctional states like spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy or strokes….
This presentation gives an overview of healthcare robotics portfolio at Bristol Robotics Laboratory that spans from surgical to assisted living robots as well as robotic systems to support radiotherapy. The fast and widespread use of robotic technologies in healthcare applications aims at improving patient outcomes and reducing NHS costs. The robotic technologies include soft sensors…
Traditional engineered systems are composed of stiff components, a typical example being a robotic manipulator made of rigid links connected by actuated joints. However, a lot of animals have adopted a different strategy: use soft limbs/bodies and distributed compliance to safely interact with the surrounding environment. In this talk, I will describe two cases showing…
Inaugural lectures for Professor Pietro Valdastri and Professor Shane Xie. The world faces an increasing challenge in providing healthcare and UK’s expertise in medical technology has the potential both to improve the quality of life and to provide economic growth for an export market in medical technologies. These inaugural lectures will provide an insight into…