Code EA2
Type Elective
Semester A
ECTS credits 5

Aims & Objectives

Expose the students to the field of medical (surgical and oncology) robotics. Robotic– assisted surgical applications are provided from a systems perspective. Issues in visual servoing and haptic feedback in surgical robots are examined from s surgeon’s point of view.

Learning outcomes & Competences

The students will be able to simulate a MIS procedure and be aware of the state-of-art in surgical and oncology robotics


Basic knowledge in robot kinematics (direct and inverse), dynamics and control


  1. Introduction to Medical Robotics
  2. Medical Robot (MR) History, MR Automation and Navigation Challenges
  3. Robotically Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)
  4. MR Visual Servoing
  5. MR-MIS Navigation and Deformation Tracking
  6. Haptic Feedback in MIS
  7. Learning and Perceptual Docking in MIS
  8. Surgical Robotics (Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Manipulators)
  9. Oncology Robotics

Recommended reading / Bibliography

  2. Surgical Robotics: Systems Applications and Visions (by Rosen, Jacob, Hannaford, Blake, Satava, Richard M. (Eds.))
  3. (The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery)
  4. (Medical Robotics at CMU)
  5. (Medical Robotics at UC Berkeley)
  6. (MRes Curriculum at Imperial College)

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, Simulations, Visits to university hospitals (attending Robot-assisted MIS) and medical robotics industries


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