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

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 #1 with Leonardo S. Mattos (IIT – Genova)

By FinocchiaroMartina | November 5, 2020

On Monday, 9 November 2020 from 3PM to 4PM Dr. Leonardo S. Mattos will give a seminar to the ATLAS community, as part of the first Capita Selecta activity. The title of the talk is: µRALP and beyond: Micro-Technologies and Systems for Robot-Assisted Endoscopic Laser Microsurgery. The seminar is open to all. Join us at:…

Journal club: Ahmad O. et al, 2019

By FinocchiaroMartina | October 21, 2020

Artificial intelligence and computer-aided diagnosis in colonoscopy: current evidence and future directions OMER F AHMAD| ANTONIO S SOARES| EVANGELOS MAZOMENOS| PATRICK BRANDAO| ROSER VEGA| EDWARD SEWARD| DANAIL STOYANOV| MANISH CHAND| LAURENCE B LOVAT Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol 2019; 4: 71–80 DOI: This paper reviews the different use of CAD (i.e. Computer Aided Diagnosis) and AI…

NTA 4: 3D tissue segmentation, modelling and deformation.

By FabianTrauzettel | September 18, 2020

From July 20th to July 24th our ESRs and other invited students from POLIMI participated in another of our Network Training Activity. Due to COVID-19 situation, the event was held online. The event was divided into theory, practice and hands-on, ATLAS pitches with a student challenge. The research topics crossed over an introduction to deep…

Journal club: Wu S. et al, 2019

By Luca Sestini | July 3, 2020

Unsupervised Learning of Probably Symmetric Deformable 3D Objectsfrom Images in the Wild SHANGZHE WU | CHRISTIAN RUPPRECHT | ANDREA VEDALDI  Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. 2020. p. 1-10. DOI: This paper was presented at CVPR 2020 where it got the award for best paper. The problem tackled is…

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