2x 4-year PhD Studentships in Robotic Surgery

An exciting opportunity for 2 PhD students (fully funded for 4 years) is available, as part of a flexible surgical robotics project. We are looking for candidates with background in robotics, computer science, and/or microelectronics and sensing.

The students will join a vibrant team that is developing next generation cognitive flexible micro-surgical robots. Our team enjoys good funding from the European Research Council and the Academy of Medical Sciences. Further, we are well linked with the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, and the newly founded Wellcome Trust EPSRC Centre for Surgical and Interventional Sciences.

The positions are fully funded for 4 years, and come with travel and consumables support. The university’s fees will be covered at the EU/UK level. The expected start date is September 2017, but earlier start dates may also be accommodated.

If you are interested, please send a CV, a statement of purpose, and the name of 2 referees to Dr. Christos Bergeles (c.bergeles@ucl.ac.uk).

The final application will include maximum 3 reference letters and has to be done through UCL’s official application system, PRISM.

More information can be found here: http://cmictig.cs.ucl.ac.uk/about-menu/vacancies/4-year-phd-studentship-in-robotic-surgery

Application deadline: 30th May 2017

Article accepted at IEEE Trans. Robotics

Our paper titled “Unified Tracking and Shape Estimation for Concentric Tube Robots”, led by Alessandro Vandini, was accepted for publication at the IEEE Trans. Robotics. The paper is the first to propose a joint energy optimisation framework that handles the tracking and 3D shape estimation of continuum robots simultaneously. Please find the pre-print here.

New Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Surgical and Interventional Sciences established at UCL

The newly established Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Surgical and Interventional Sciences at UCL will bring together a wide team of engineering and clinical experts working to develop new surgical technologies. Dr. Christos Bergeles is a Co-Investigator for the Centre, and will lead its effots on micro-robotics and hardware integration.

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Robots get positive reaction – Macular Society

Dr. Bergeles from TIG visited a patient support group from Macular Society in the area of London to inform them on state of the art in robots for sight restoring therapies, receive feedback from the participants, and understand how this technology should be developed so that it is acceptable and accessible by the end users – patients. This story is featured in Sideview the newsletter of Macular Society, and you can find it here.