[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD Position in Surgical Robotics at the University of Verona

Paolo Fiorini paolo.fiorini at univr.it
Tue May 26 09:01:15 PDT 2015

Ph.D. position available at the Robotics Laboratory of the University of Verona and the Advanced 
Robotics Department, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova (Italy)

Title: Development of intelligent instruments for robotic surgery

Advisers: Prof. Paolo Fiorini and Dr. Leonardo De Mattos

ONLINE APPLICATION: http://www.univr.it/main?ent=iscrizionecs&cs=635&scuoladott=14&lang=en

In the past years, robotic surgery has been experiencing an exciting growth, fueled by the benefits 
that robot-assisted procedures bring to patients and surgeons alike. In fact, robotic surgery 
combines the limited invasiveness of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) with the stereo visual 
perception of the surgical area, typical of open surgery. Recent experiments have also shown that 
surgical robots can be endowed with some level of autonomy, to carry out simple surgical actions and 
to interact with the human operator. Autonomy could lead to a new generation of intelligent robotic 
instruments that exploit surgeon cognition with suitable sensing and actuation devices and perform 
therapies that go beyond human capabilities.

To achieve this goal, surgical task knowledge and its physical characteristics must be studied 
together to derive the instrument specifications. It is necessary to formally represent the task 
knowledge, and to identify suitable control and information to be sensed. It is also crucial to 
convey task information to the surgeon to maximize his/her involvement and allow an effective and 
safe task execution.

During the doctoral program, the student will follow a multi-disciplinary approach, to address:
1. the analysis and representation of surgical task knowledge,
2. the design and control of an intelligent surgical instrument,
3. the design of task specific sensors, and
4. the experimental validation of the instrument developed.

The research will be carried out primarily at the robotics laboratory of the University of Verona, 
in conjunction with the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova. The doctoral student will work in 
a team with a decade long experience in the development of surgical robots and will be able to 
develop and test her/his results on the daVinci Research Kit (DVRK) recently donated by Intuitive 

We seek highly motivated candidates with a background in robotics and/or mechanical/control 
electronic/computer engineering with focus on robotics. This is a multidisciplinary project where 
the successful candidate should have knowledge and/or interest in modeling, analysis and development 
of technologies for robot-assisted therapies.

Contact by mail: paolo.fiorini at univr.it
Contact in person at ICRA

Please note that the deadline for applications is
June 12, 2015, 14.00 Italy time (Local time: GMT+2).

Prof. Paolo Fiorini, PhD
IEEE Fellow
Department of Computer Science, University of Verona
Ca' Vignal 2 - Strada Le Grazie 15,  37134 VERONA - Italy
Ph: +39 045 802 7963 -- Fax: +39 045 802 7068

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