Medical Soft Robotics at UCL WEISS - Dr Agostino Stilli (UCL)

Dr Agostino Stilli (UCL)
Dr Agostino Stilli (UCL)

Date: 3 July 2024 15:00 - 16:00

Location: G27, Engineering building (west block, ground floor), Mile end campus

Medical Soft Robotics at UCL WEISS

Abstract: In this talk, I will present the latest developments in medical soft robotics at UCL WEISS, with a particular focus on the hardware innovations spearheaded by the Surgical Robot Vision group, led by Prof. Stoyanov, where I serve as the Co-Investigator for Robotics. Our research leverages the unique properties of soft materials to create robotic systems that offer enhanced flexibility, adaptability, and safety compared to traditional rigid robotic systems. By integrating flexible materials into our designs, we develop devices capable of navigating the intricate and delicate anatomical environments encountered in minimally invasive surgery and endoluminal applications. This work aims to revolutionise surgical procedures by improving precision and patient outcomes, showcasing the critical role of hardware development in advancing medical technology.

Bio: Dr. Agostino Stilli is an Assistant Professor in Medical and Soft Robotics in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at University College London, where he serves as Co-Investigator for Robotics in the Surgical Robot Vision research group led by Prof. Danail Stoyanov. Dr. Stilli is a Rosetrees Trust Fellow and a member of the UCL Robotics Institute. In his research, he investigates novel soft robotic technologies to enhance robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery and medical imaging, holding multiple patents in this field. More broadly, his research focuses on soft robotics and its application in surgical, industrial, and rehabilitation robotics to facilitate safe human-robot interaction. Throughout his research career, Dr. Stilli has been involved in several projects funded by the European Commission, including the FP7 SQUIRREL, FP7 STIFF-FLOP, and H2020 FourByThree projects. He obtained his PhD in Robotics from King's College London in 2017, under the supervision of Prof. Kaspar Althoefer.

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