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