European Joint doctoral program in autonomous intraluminal surgery.

Automatic Segmentation and Labeling

Courtesy of Polytechnic of Milan

Snake-like surgical instrument for endo-nasal skull base surgery

Sigma Tip

Multi-steerable catheter for complex procedures inside the heart

Multi-steerable catheter for complex procedures inside the heart

About Us

ATLAS is a Marie Curie European Joint Doctorate school (813782) that targets the training of experts in a very specific branch of Robotic Surgery.

ATLAS stands for “AuTonomous intraLuminAl Surgery”. Intraluminal navigation, a particularly challenging branch,  reappears in many minimal invasive surgical (MIS) interventions that rely on steering flexible instruments through fragile lumens or vessels.

The project, coordinated by the University of Leuven, is implemented by a consortium of seven Universities and many industrial partners.

Project Objectives

The project will develop smart flexible robots that autonomously propel through complex deformable tubular structures. This calls for seamless integration of sensors, actuators, modelling and control. By engaging in this ambitious research topic, participants will be exposed to all aspects of robotics.

While contributing to the state of the art, they will become proficient in building, modelling, testing, interfacing in short in integrating basic building blocks into systems that display sophisticated behavior.

Capita Selecta #6 – Surgical Robotics trends and novel applications: SYMANI a Robot for Microsurgery

By Beatriz Farola Barata | December 1, 2021

As part of the sixth Capita Selecta activity, on Friday November 26th 2021 from 5PM to 6PM, Dr. Massimiliano Simi gave a seminar to the ATLAS community titled ‘Surgical Robotics trends and novel applications: SYMANI a Robot for Microsurgery’. In his inspiring talk, Dr. Simi gave an overview about the robotic platforms commercially available for…

Capita Selecta #5- The future of endoluminal robotics

By Beatriz Farola Barata | October 7, 2021

On Friday, October 8th 2021 from 6PM to 7PM, Prof. Alberto Arezzo will give a seminar to the ATLAS community, as part of the fifth Capita Selecta activity. The tile of this seminar is ‘The future of endoluminal robotics’, during which Prof. Alberto Arezzo will discuss his view on the topic. Bio: Prof. Alberto Arezzo…

Capita Selecta #4 – The DEAM adventure: what it takes to bring an octopus into the operating theater

By Luca Sestini | September 2, 2021

Jules Scheltes, CTO, CMO and Quality Manager of DEAM, will give a talk about his experience on the field of steerable medical devices, and how to bridge the gap between academic research and translation into the operating theater. Abstract: medical steerable devices provide maximum freedom in the surgical area, increasing surgeons dexterity and minimizing their…

Journal club: Bowyer et al 2013.

By Fernando Gonzalez Herrera | April 2, 2021

Bowyer et at. presents a review of active constrains in a generalized active constraint implementation framework; by defining, evaluating and enforcing these constraints. Geometry based definitions can simple as single point, and more complex e.g. a parametric 3D surface. The evaluation is made by computing metrics to and from the active constraint, to the constrained…

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