[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Marie Curie - PhD position in medical robotics: Distributed proprioception for safe autonomous catheters (KUL SSSA)

Gianni Borghesan gianni.borghesan at kuleuven.be
Thu Feb 7 07:01:11 PST 2019

We are looking for highly motivated candidates to fill in a PhD position on:

*Distributed proprioception for safe autonomous catheters (ESR3)*

The interaction between flexible instrument bodies and surrounding 
deformable lumens is intrinsically complex and hard to oversee if not 
explicitly measured. ESR3 identifies and integrates optimal sensing 
technology for real-time proprioception along the deformable body.

This project includes real time shape estimation based on optical 
measurements such as FBGs or relying on electromagnetic (EM) tracking. 
It explores new sensing methods such as electrical impedance tomography 
(EIT) or algorithms that estimate the contact location and amplitude of 
the interaction force based on the acquired shape estimates. Automatic 
calibration and registration techniques will be developed, so that 
resulting techniques may be employed ‘out of the box’ requiring minimal 
effort and tuning prior to deployment.

The Ph.D. is part of the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network ATLAS.
The Ph.D. will be hosted by
- KU Leuven, Belgium (primary institution)
- Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa Italy.

ATLAS (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__atlas-2Ditn.eu_&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=TrY_zy_t9bkloIrGA8SvUWW8R689-mQhrTFNYTKsBwQ&s=EXnpyw2nkLjqHIxGbsd56-YhAR8sN08mhFa6NodGUL4&e=) is a Marie Curie ITN-EJD Project 
(Innovative Training Network – European Joint Doctorate, GA No 813782) 
that targets the training of experts in a very specific branch of 
Robotic Surgery. Within this scheme, 15 Ph.D. positions are funded.

The Consortium is formed by
- KU Leuven - Belgium
- TU Delft  - The Netherlands
- Université de Strasbourg - France
- Politecnico di Milano - Italy
- Università di Verona - Italy
- Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Italy (Pisa)
- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Spain (Barcellona)
Upon successful completion, each Ph.D. candidate will be awarded a 
double Ph.D. degree.

More information on how to apply can be found at

Envisioned closing date for application submission is 7th of March.

Gianni Borghesan, PhD
Robot Assisted Surgery group
Robotics Research group
KU Leuven,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Division of PMA
Room 04.214
Celestijnenlaan 300B, B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium.
Tel: +32 163 29267


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