127. DEVELOPMENT OF A MODULAR COLONOSCOPY ROBOT

Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Faculty Advisor(s): Michael Yip

Primary Student
Name: Kwesi Joe Rutledge
Email: krutledg@ucsd.edu
Phone: 909-235-9374
Grad Year: 2020

Abstract
New advances in robotics are allowing for surgical robots to take the shape of breathtakingly large and precise machines such as the Da Vinci machine by Intuitive Surgical as well as small robots that perform surgeries inside the human body after being swallowed (like the ARES robot pioneered by the CRIM Lab). Our lab works in the area of Surgical Robotics to help improve precision and control of treatment using robot-assisted control. This project aims to reduce trauma and improve accuracy of colonoscopies (examinations of the colon) by developing a flexible robot that can navigate the colon delicately and image the entire organ. We are using novel actuators, a modular design, 3D Printed parts and biomimetic control algorithms to develop a prototype of the robot. The development of this prototype will be presented.

Industry Application Area(s)
Aerospace, Defense, Security | Control Systems | Robotics

Related Files:

  1. modularContinuumRobotGoals.PNG

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