Silicon Valley 2016 – Intuitive Surgical Technology Research Grant Symposium

Silicon Valley 2016, Intuitive Surgical Technology Research Grant Symposium http://www.intuitivesurgical.com/

12507134_10208629291997965_7814823607378336411_nHave a look to the photo album of the event.
– The idea we had in our lab #sirslab about using the cutaneous-only (no kinesthetic) haptic feedback in robot-assisted surgery, like the da Vinci system, was a great idea and it got the prestigious Intuitive Surgical Research Grant in 2015 (the only Italians) with a collaborative project with University of Pennsylvania (K.J. Kuchenbecker). Claudio Pacchierotti and I have been in California to present the results of the research based on our idea. We gave talks to surgeons and engineers of Intuitive Surgical in Santa Clara in the Silicon Vally and it was amazing. A lot of great conversations, ideas, and comments. We are coming back to Italy with more energy :-).

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If you want to know more about the idea of cutaneous feedback in surgical robotics have a look to this paper

– L. Meli, C. Pacchierotti, D. Prattichizzo. Sensory subtraction in robot-assisted surgery: fingertip skin deformation feedback to ensure safety and improve transparency in bimanual haptic interaction. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 61(4):1318-1327, 2014

and to the paper where the idea has been implemented in the da Vinci System in

– C. Pacchierotti, D. Prattichizzo, K. J. Kuchenbecker. Cutaneous feedback of fingertip deformation and vibration for palpation in robotic surgery. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. In Press, 2015

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3D laser printer

Folks what do you think about ? Will it be useful for a robotic lab ? https://glowforge.com

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Il SIRSLab in onda su Rai Italia

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La Rai ha di recente dedicato al SIRSLab del Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione e Scienze Matematiche dell’Università di Siena un servizio su “Campus Italia”, magazine sulla formazione d’eccellenza nel nostro Paese. Il servizio, disponibile online sul sito di Rai Italia, presenta il corso di laurea magistrale in “Computer and Automation Engineering” dell’Università di Siena e lo fa attraverso le testimonianze di alcuni studenti e ricercatori del gruppo, i quali ci accompagnano tra le aule e i laboratori del Dipartimento di Ingegneria. Tra i soggetti intervistati vi sono gli studenti Maria Pozzi e Asad Tirmizi, il rettore Angelo Riccaboni e il professor Domenico Prattichizzo, docente di Robotica e coordinatore del gruppo di ricerca. Protagonista del servizio è, infine, l’intensa attività di ricerca del gruppo nel campo dell’ingegneria robotica, con particolare riferimento alle tecnologie indossabili e ai dispositivi sensorimotori, nuove vere frontiere della ricerca scientifica, le cui possibili applicazioni sono molteplici e tutte orientate al miglioramento della vita dell’uomo, dal settore prettamente scientifico, fino a quello medico o sociale.

Il servizio dedicato al SIRSLab è disponibile sul sito internet di Rai Italia al  link: Campus Italia – Puntata 1 .

E’ inoltre visualizzabile sul canale YouTube del SIRSLab, al seguente link.

Springer book on Cutaneous Haptic Feedback in Robotic Teleoperation 

The Springer book by Claudio Pacchierotti on “Cutaneous Haptic Feedback in Robotic Teleoperation” is available.

The foreword/acknowledgements/table-of-contents is here available.

The book is available for purchase at Springer Link.

Congratulations Claudio. Keep running.

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Source: Cutaneous Haptic Feedback in Robotic Teleoperation – Springer

RAI @ #sirslab

Today we enjoied a troup by RAI recording and making interviews in our “amato’ #sirslab. Thanks folks.
Have a look to this album (click on the picture)

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My lovely human-centered robotics class at the University of Siena

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A shot of a moment of the lecture on human centered robotics at the #sirslab on October 13, 2015.