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Come along and find out what the team at Robotics at Leeds have been working on. Discover how are we helping make medical procedures less painful,  have a go at controlling a robotic arm, and watch a robot band play live. Why not come along and talk to the roboticists who are making all of…

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Abstract: Medical robots, represented by the da Vinci surgical system, has been increasingly used in the operating theatres. With the help of medical robots, clinicians could access deeper, treat smaller lesion and operate more dexterously. In developing the medical robot, the mechanism behind is fundamental. It determines how the robot moves and whether it could…
Abstract: In this talk, I will describe our recent progress building a biologically-inspired bat robot. Bats have a complex skeletal morphology, with both ball-and-socket and revolute joints that interconnect the bones and muscles to create a musculoskeletal system with over 40 degrees of freedom, some of which are passive. Replicating this biological system in a…
Abstract: The popularity of the research on wheeled mobile robots has been recently increasing, due to their possible use in different outdoor environments. Planetary explorations, search and rescue missions in hazardous areas, surveillance, humanitarian de-mining, drive-less mobility, as well as agriculture works  represent possible applications for autonomous vehicles in natural and urban environments. Differently from…
Abstract: Micro-scale mobile robots can physically access small spaces in a versatile and non-invasive manner. Such microrobots under several mm in size have potential unique applications for object manipulation, local sensing and cargo delivery in healthcare, microfluidics and advanced materials fabrication. These devices are powered and controlled remotely using externally-applied magnetic fields for motion in…
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…