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 talk “Interventional Cardiology: what we currently do and future perspectives”

By Gianni Borghesan | January 18, 2021

Journal club: Zheng et al, 2019

By ZhenLi | January 13, 2021

Zheng, Jian-Qing, Xiao-Yun Zhou, Celia Riga, and Guang-Zhong Yang  International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 8747-8753. IEEE, 2019. DOI: The current standard of intra-operative navigation during Fenestrated Endovascular Aortic Repair (FEVAR) calls for the need of 3D alignments between inserted devices and aortic branches. The navigation commonly via 2D fluoroscopic images, lacks…

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…

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