ATLAS

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.

Kick off meeting

Kick off meeting & presentation contest

By Gianni Borghesan | January 27, 2020

ATLAS had is Kick Off Meeting in Leuven, the 21 and 22 of January. We would like to thanks all the PIs and Fellows that participated to the meeting.  Great talks. Great Fondue Great Dessert   The second day of the meeting we challenged our Fellows to imagine how to structure an integrated project targeting…

Journal Club: Bernth et al, 2017

By Sujit Sahu | December 13, 2019

A Novel Robotic Meshworm With Segment-Bending Anchoring for Colonoscopy Julius E. Bernth | Alberto Arezzo | Hongbin LiuIEEE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION LETTERS, VOL. 2, NO. 3, JULY 2017DOI:10.1109/LRA.2017.2678540 The authors introduced a novel design worm inspired robotic endoscope with multi degrees of freedom segments, which can move itself forward and backward by anchoring the different…

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Department of Mechanical Engineering
Celestijnenlaan 300
B-3001 Heverlee (Leuven)
Belgium