[robotics-worldwide] PhD opening, design and control continuum robots for minimal invasive surgical applications, KU Leuven, Belgium

Emmanuel Vander Poorten Emmanuel.VanderPoorten at mech.kuleuven.be
Fri Nov 16 03:59:26 PST 2012

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Emmanuel Vander Poorten,

PhD opening, design and control continuum robots for minimal invasive surgical applications, KU Leuven, Belgium

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, is pleased to offer a fully
funded PhD scholarship to "design and control continuum robots for minimal invasive surgical applications". The successful applicant will
receive a PhD scholarship for 4 years.

PhD topic:
Recent efforts in robotics and automation research have fostered the development of a wide variety of bio-inspired snake-like continuum robots. Miniature continuum robots can access confined spaces and, thanks to their compliance, follow complex trajectories exchanging limited forces with the surroundings. These properties explain the appeal of these robots in surgical applications and minimal invasive surgery in particular, where critical tasks are to be executed within the delicate and complex environment of the human body.

Compared to rigid robots, precise position and force control of these compliant robots is much more involved. It calls for an integrated approach combining accurate robot proprioception (self-awareness) with improved exteroception and 3D reconstruction of the robot's complex, deformable and often dynamic environment. By looking at new mechanisms for actuation, sensing and control, this PhD will establish an improved understanding of and control over the robot's pose and contact state within its surroundings. The conducted research will be applied on cardiovascular robotic catheter-based interventions within an expanding research line at the department of Mechanical Engineering.
Prof. Jos Vander Sloten<http://cwisdb.cc.kuleuven.ac.be/persdb-bin/persdb?oproep=persoon&lang=E&fnaam=u0008451>
Research group:
The successful applicant will become part of the Robot Assisted Surgery (RAS) group (http://www.mech.kuleuven.be/en/pma/research/ras) belonging to the department of Mechanical Engineering. This is a compact, dynamic and multi-disciplinary research group consisting of members of PMA (Production Engineering, Machine building and Automation) and BMe (BioMechanical Engineering). The RAS group maintains tight and multiple collaborations with UZ Leuven, the largest (university) hospital in Belgium, which is located at 10 minutes ride (bicycle) of the department. The research on catheter-based interventions is supported by the EU FP7 program under the form of the EU projects SCATh (http://www.scath.net) and the new FP7 CASCADE project (due start date Feb. 1st, 2013).
Candidate background:
* Candidates must hold an engineering diploma that gives access to the KU Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School PhD program (MSc degree obtained "cum laude" or equivalent).
* We are seeking a highly motivated and goal-oriented candidate with a strong background in mechatronics, robotics and/or control.
* Candidates must be fluent in English.
* Experience in mechanical design, FEM, programming of MATLAB, C++ or RTOS would be an advantage.

Application Procedure:

Refer to http://phd.kuleuven.be/set/voorstellen_departement?departement=50000509#detail  (search for Promoter Jos Vander Sloten)

for application details. Envisioned starting date Feb 1, 2013. Deadline of application December 31, 2012.

Please feel free to contact me for further information. In such case,

please insert "RAS PhD continuum robot control" as header in your communication.

Emmanuel Benjamin Vander Poorten,
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Haptic Interfacing & Teleoperation,
Dept. of mechanical engineering, division PMA, University of Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 300B, B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium
Emmanuel.VanderPoorten at mech.kuleuven.be<mailto:Emmanuel.VanderPoorten at mech.kuleuven.be>
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