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Seminar: Flexible Endoscopic Surgery Robots

22 June 2018

Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm
Venue: QMUL Mile End campus, People's Palace building, room LG01 (basement)

ARQ (advanced robotics@QMUL) would like to invite you to its 5th seminar:

Seminar: Flexible Endoscopic Surgery Robots

Speaker: Professor Dong-Soo Kwon, KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

Professor Dong-Soo Kwon is a leading roboticist with significant contributions to human-robot interaction, haptics and medical robotics.

Abstract: This talk will present research on flexible surgical robotics of KAIST center for future Medical robotics. We believe that surgical robots should be developed considering the benefits to surgeons with easy and intuitive control, to patients with minimum invasiveness and fast recovery, and to hospitals with affordable cost and reduction of surgery time. In order to meet these requirements, firstly, EasyEndo has been developed for solo-endoscopic procedures. By attaching a motor pack to a conventional endoscope, EasyEndo allows easy and intuitive endoscopy without assistants. Second, Portable Endoscopic Tool Handler (PETH) has been developed for more advanced procedures with additional surgical arms attached to the conventional endoscope. Several ex-vivo experiments have shown the improved performance of conventional endoscope and the feasibility of PETH. Third, K-FLEX has been developed that can perform dexterous robotic surgery through a flexible pathway by adding small robot arms to the flexible endoscope. An attractive feature of these robot arms is that they can exert a great deal of force to lift organs and tissues with specially designed constraint joint mechanism. This endoscopic surgical robot system will provide minimal invasiveness for patients, and widen the robotic surgery area with more accessibility. With these robot technologies, we believe that surgeons and endoscopists can conduct a challenging surgery that has not been tried before. Based on our research experience over the last 20 years, we are planning to commercialize our research outputs. Since the current market of endoscopes is much larger than that of laparoscopic surgical robots, we will pursue to commercialize our flexible robot technologies that will extend endoscope application from conventional endoscopy procedure to robotic surgery.

Biography: Dong-Soo Kwon is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Director of the Human-Robot Interaction Research Center, Director of the Center for Future Medical Robotics. He is serving the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) as a member of the Administrative Committee (AdCom). In addition, He is the founder CEO of EasyEndo Surgical Inc., Chairman of the board of directors of Korea Institute of Robot and convergence (KIRO), and a member of National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK). His research deals with Medical Robotics, Haptics, and Human-Robot Interaction. He has contributed to the advancement of several robot venture companies by technology transfer. Recently, he has established a start-up company based on his medical robot research results. He had worked as the Research Staff in the Telerobotics section at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1991 to 1995. He was a Graduate Research Assistant in Flexible Automation Lab. at Georgia Institute of Technology from 1985 to 1991, and the Section Chief, Manager at R&D Group of Kanglim Co., Ltd from 1982 to 1985. He received the Ph.D. in the Department of M.E. at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991, M.S. in the M.E. at KAIST in 1982, and B.S. in the M.E. at Seoul National University in Korea in 1980.


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