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.

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…

Journal club: Martin et al, 2020

By AmeyaPore | April 1, 2021

Enabling the future of colonoscopy with intelligent and autonomous magnetic manipulation James W. Martin, Bruno Scaglioni, Joseph C. Norton,Venkataraman Subramanian, Alberto Arezzo, Keith L. Obstein, Pietro Valdastri Nature Machine Intelligence (Volume: 2, September 2020) DOI: In this work, authors proposed a magnetic endoscope that can be controlled externally using a robotic arm such as…

Journal club Berthet-Rayne et al, 2018

By ChunFengLai | April 1, 2021

Inverse Kinematics Control Methods for Redundant Snakelike Robot Teleoperation During Minimally Invasive Surgery Pierre Berthet-Rayne| Konrad Leibrandt| Gauthier Gras| Philippe Fraisse| André Crosnier| Guang-Zhong Yang IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (Volume: 3, Issue: 3, July 2018) DOI: This paper investigated and compared existing inverse kinematics control methods for a redundant snakelike robot that was designed…

Capita Selecta #3 – Animal Models in MD Verification process – full video

By FinocchiaroMartina | February 21, 2021

On our third session of the Capita Selecta series , Mr. Jaume Amat provided his insight on the use of animal model in preclinical studies. Mr. Amat is a telecomunication engineer, currently  CEO at ROB SURGICAL and SPECIPIG. Check the full video here!  

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