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Pietro Valdastri

Professor Pietro Valdastri

Research Fellow


University of Leeds

Research summary

Capsule robots are pill-sized devices that leverages extreme miniaturization to operate in environments that are out of reach for larger robots. In medicine, capsule robots can enter the human body through natural orifices or small incisions, and perform endoscopy and surgery while minimizing the invasiveness of the procedure. The goal of this research activity is to characterize fundamental principles at the intersection of robotics, magnetism, and control which will enable intelligent capsule robots to amplify the diagnostic and interventional capabilities of gastroenterologists and surgeons. If successful, this research will have an impact on millions of UK citizens by enabling painless colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening, allowing paediatric patients to benefit from minimally invasive surgery, and improving the current complication rate in radical prostatectomy. In this project, research in capsule robotics is being integrated with education and outreach by involving three tiers of students, from high school to graduate level. Students have the opportunity to experiment with an innovative capsule robot educational toolkit and have first-hand exposure to transformative research at the intersection of surgery and engineering.

Grants awarded

Lifesaving Capsule Robots

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Dates: Jul 2016 - Jun 2021

Value: £75,000

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