Concentric tube robots are continuum robots that can navigate the human body to reach deep seated anatomical locations. This talk will describe computational methods to design concentric tube robots for given surgical tasks and anatomical constraints. It will proceed to discussing the challenges in real time kinematics estimation and dexterity evaluation, and will conclude with a demonstration of how new controllers can improve their usability and safety and bring them closer to clinical realisation.
Christos Bergeles received the Ph.D. degree in Robotics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2011. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston Children?s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, and the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College, United Kingdom. He was an Assistant Professor at the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (which he co-founded) at University College London. He is now a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at King's College London, leading the Robotics and Vision in Medicine Lab. Dr. Bergeles received the Fight for Sight Award in 2014, and the ERC Starting Grant in 2016. His main research area is image-guided micro-surgical robotics.